Friday January 17, 2020

Hostile approach to Irish neutrality

The Emergency: Neutral Ireland 1939-45, by Brian Girvin, Macmillan, €18.95.

25th March, 2006

The Emergency: Neutral Ireland 1939-45, by Brian Girvin, Macmillan, €18.95.

When I first saw Brian Girvin’s book, my reaction was to wonder what he could possibly have found to write about the Emergency in Ireland that Joe Carroll (1975) and Bob Fisk (1983) had not already covered.

The answer is not a lot in terms of facts, but it is interesting because of the author’s sustained onslaught on the morality of Ireland’s wartime neutrality and...

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