What do mysterious shootings & political crises in Northern Ireland have in common with Michael Collins?
No one ever took responsibility for the suspicious killing of Michael Collins in 1922. His sudden death changed the government and the future of his country.
As David Neligan put it, (Collins’ “spy in the Castle,” later a founder of Dublin’s own law enforcement system):
“By means of an old police trick: pretending that his comrades had betrayed him”
Or, in this excerpt from
“The Assassination of Michael Collins: What Happened At Béal na mBláth?“:
“With Collins removed, subsequent Dublin governments were content, or reduced, to leave northern nationalists twisting in the wind.
“Thus it may be seen that removing Collins would have been critical to the fulfillment of British imperialist agendas for the north: agendas which such elements proved demonstrably willing to kill for, and to go on killing for, indefinitely.”
Qui bono? Who gains?
of Michael Collins:
at Béal na mBláth?”
by S M Sigerson
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The Spy in the Castle
by David Neligan
The Mcmahon Family Murders
and the Belfast Troubles 1920-1922
(Belfast’s secret history series)
by Joe Baker
(The photo at the head of this post is courtesy of this book by J Baker. Its amazon link is provided with apologies: as this interesting work can be difficult to obtain.)