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  1. Brian Hanley
    30 October, 2015

    Great article. Interesting to see a couple of ex-Squad members involved.

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    • John_Dorney
      31 October, 2015

      Thanks Brian, I think there were more than a few Squad and ex Intelligence people and other pro-Treaty IRA types involved. In the Army re-organisation of January 1923 many ex IRA types were ousted from important position in Intelligence and elsewhere and put into formations like the SIC and the Railway Corps where they had less authority.

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  2. Rev. Wm Richard Willans
    21 August, 2019

    Fascinating stuff, about which I was completely ignorant. I do have a couple of (unpalatable) thoughts ….
    1. We’re always blaming the Brits for their response to agrarian unrest, but, after the Land Acts anyway, a genuine attempt to put things right, perhaps their approach was not so greatly different….
    2. I know that this will cause a howl, BUT, I can see SOME (not complete) parallels between the SIC and the hated Black and Tans!

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    • John_Dorney
      21 August, 2019

      Thanks for your comment. Would largely agree on both points. You could even see the Fianna Fail-Blueshirt clash over the collection of land annuities in the 1930s as the last violent agrarian conflict in Ireland. And in that case too you have Broy’s Harriers (Dev’s auxiliary armed police) meting out a fair bit of violence. But one contrast you do see is that Crown forces (Tans and others) killed far more civilians and burned far more houses in 1919-21 than Free State forces did in 1922-23, however undisciplined and violent the latter undoubtedly sometimes were.

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