From the Introduction:
Why do we need to know?
“…There are those who disparage such inquiry. Some characterize this as raising bygone ghosts of a past era, needlessly re-hashing dead issues, etc. But the issues surrounding Michael Collins’ end are very far from closed.
The 26-county Republic of Ireland, and the 6-county Northern Ireland statelet, directly owe their ex-istence, their institutional structures, and much of their history, to Michael Collins’ life and times; to the controversies which culminated in his death; and to the travesties which his death enabled.“
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