Lethal Allies: British Collusion in Ireland

Lethal Allies: British Collusion in Ireland


By (author) Anne Cadwallader


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  • Publisher: The Mercier Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 418 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 30mm | 420g
  • Publication date: 15 April 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Cork
  • ISBN 10: 1781171882
  • ISBN 13: 9781781171882
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 28,486

Product description

Farmers, shopkeepers, publicans and businessmen were slaughtered in a bloody decade of bombings and shootings in the counties of Tyrone and Armagh in the 1970s. Four families each lost three relatives; in other cases, children were left orphaned after both parents were murdered. For years there were claims that loyalists were helped and guided by members of the RUC and Ulster Defence Regiment. But, until now, there was no proof. Drawing on 15 years of research, and using forensic and ballistic information never before published, this book includes official documents showing that the highest in the land knew of the collusion and names those whose fingers were on the trigger and who detonated the bombs. It draws on previously unpublished reports written by the PSNI's own Historical Enquiries Team. It also includes heartbreaking interviews with the bereaved families whose lives were shattered by this cold and calculated campaign.

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Author information

Anne Cadwallader is an experienced journalist, originally from London. She has worked for the BBC, RTE, The Irish Press, Independent Network News and Reuters, spending a large part of her time reporting from Northern Ireland. She is the author of 'Holy Cross - The Untold Story' (Brehon Press, 2004). In 2009 she gave up journalism to work for The Pat Finucane Centre for Human Rights in Armagh as an investigator and case worker.

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"With skill and deftness she pulls together research in British government archives and elsewhere..." Irish News '...Cadwallader has written a brave, powerful and forensically detailed book...' Irish Times "... a well-written piece of investigative journalism that asks some deeply troubling questions ..." New York Journal of Books