Synopses & Reviews
This book examines in depth Ireland's relations with a country behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, the former East Germany. It is based on extensive research undertaken in Germany and Ireland, especially in the archive of the former Stasi. The first part of the book analyses Irish-East German bilateral relations at political, diplomatic, economic and cultural levels, but as is very clear the Stasi was never too far away. The extraordinary story of the repatriation of the remains of IRA-volunteer Frank Ryan from Dresden to Dublin is related in detail. The second part of the book focuses exclusively on intelligence. It shows the activities of the HVA, the Main Directorate of Foreign Intelligence, and reveals the information obtained and the names of East German agents and sources involved. The onset of the conflict in Northern Ireland caught the attention of the HVA but also of Department HA-XXII in charge of terrorism. HA-XXII monitored the Provisional IRA and the INLA's campaign against the British Army of the Rhine in West Germany. It obtained its information thanks to moles deep inside the West German security and intelligence services. The PIRA and the INLA's contacts with West German terrorist groups are examined, so are Soviet and Romanian intelligence activities.
This book makes an original contribution to the much neglected area of Ireland's relations with continental European countries during the twentieth century and also Ireland's position during the Cold War. It will be of interest to scholars, students, the general public and professionals in the field of intelligence and security.
This book is an in-depth examination of the relations between Ireland and the former East Germany between the end of the Second World War and the fall of the Berlin Wall. It explores political, diplomatic, economic, media and cultural issues. The long and tortuous process of establishing diplomatic relations is unique in the annals of diplomatic history.
Central in this study are the activities of the Stasi. They show how and where East German intelligence obtained information on Ireland and Northern Ireland and also what kind of information was gathered. A particularly interesting aspect of the book is the monitoring of the activities of the Irish Republican Army and the Irish National Liberation Army and their campaigns against the British army in West Germany. The Stasi had infiltrated West German security services and knew about Irish suspects and their contacts with West German terrorist groups.
East German Intelligence and Ireland, 1949-90 makes an original contribution to diplomatic, intelligence, terrorist and Cold War studies.
About the Author
Jérôme aan de Wiel is Lecturer in History at University College, Cork.
Table of Contents
PART I: Relations between Ireland and East Germany
1. History of the relations between Ireland/Northern Ireland and the GDR
PART II: Intelligence
2. Stasi history and sources
3. Keeping informed and spying on Ireland
4. Northern Ireland in the Zentralen Personendatenbank (ZPDB)
5. Watching the PIRA, the INLA and BAOR, 1970s-1980s