By Eunan O'Halpin
The 1st research to enquire the interlinked difficulties of family defense and nationwide safety in eire, this publication describes the improvement of the Irish military and police when you consider that 1922.
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73 Underlying these apocalyptical warnings was a straightforward point: in its prosecution of the war, the army had been unable to compensate for the lack of civil authority in many areas. Disorder flourished in its absence. That point was accepted by the government, and the army agreed to do more in consultation with the civil authorities in the disturbed areas. This initially cheered O’Higgins up remarkably: he told Cosgrave that once the ‘little committee of order’, as he incongruously termed it, ‘starts holding its occasional meetings, the idea will rapidly shape itself .
These should be provided by ‘an unusually steady, disciplined army acting with the utmost 70 71 Army council minutes, Feb. , MP, P/B/. Hopkinson, Green against Green, ; Andrews, Dublin made me, –. R4 01/07/2000 04:01 PM Page 32 The State and Civil War efficiency and ruthlessness’, specifically by a new ‘highly disciplined efficient reserve, not affected in any way by the provincialism’ of the existing army, which would tackle disorder. He also asked for military ‘inspectors who would be absolutely independent of the local commands’, to overcome local reluctance to carry out executions for possession of weapons or for arson: ‘I know that executions are only a second best, and that they cannot be continued indefinitely’, but for the moment ‘they ought to be going with machine-like regularity’.
37 Russell’s evidence. Hopkinson, Green against Green, and . R4 01/07/2000 04:00 PM Page 17 The State and Civil War and Maintenance Corps, the Military Customs Brigade, and the Special Infantry Corps which had no place in a conventional military defence force. Throughout the civil war the army was dogged by the inadequacies of many of its officers, by the ill-discipline, poor condition, and inexperience of its troops, by ill-feeling and disputes between senior commanders, by the weakness of central control and the disastrous performance of its supplies organization.
Defending Ireland: The Irish State and Its Enemies since 1922 by Eunan O'Halpin