Murder by the throat


Espionage, Assassination,
Collaboration and Execution during the
Irish War of Independence, 1916-1921

Edward J Bourke




Published March 2020


pending bookshop reopening and distribution

Retail price €20  inc post from 33 Rushbrook Dublin 15 D15HDE7

ISBN 978 09523027 4 2





Lloyd George boasted that he had “murder by the throat” in a London Guildhall speech on 10 November 1920.  He had flooded Ireland with troops, Black and Tans, Auxiliaries, secret service, touts and informers.  Eighteen months later after the Truce and Treaty the British left Ireland defeated by the counter espionage of the people in the shadows who exposed the undercover agents and frustrated their efforts. The whole country was permeated by agents ready to oppose the Dail and its army.  In response two hundred of these agents were killed in the course of eighteen months of the War. The book investigates the Irish War of Independence in the shadows, shedding light on espionage, cooperation and collaboration. Newly released material from the Military Archives

  • Reveals the names of 700 alleged enemy agents at the time of the Truce
  • Includes names of British secret service and two agents missed at the Standard Hotel on Bloody Sunday.
  • Crown Forces operated assassination gangs throughout the country to kill Republican activists and militants
  • IRA men were casual about security often with deadly consequences
  • IRA was infiltrated by traitors
  • Comrades refused to believe that they were at risk.
  • Famous names had dubious connections indicating they had a dual role.
  • Much more opposition to Republicans than popularly believed