Agents of Influence: The shadowy figures who fed IRA information to Britain’s deep state
Despite the dangers and unspeakable punishments if caught, there was no shortage of double agents willing to infiltrate the IRA during the Troubles
Agents of Influence: Britain’s Secret Intelligence War Against the IRA
By Aaron Edwards
Merrion Press, €19.95
Anyone who spied on the Provisional IRA would have been well advised to take out some life insurance. “If republican activists go over to the other side,” Martin McGuinness told a BBC reporter at the height of the Troubles, “then they, more than anyone else, are totally aware of what the penalty for doing that is.”
“Death?” asked ...