Civic Guard Mutiny
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The recruits immediately set about raiding the armoury while Staines and his senior officers withdrew under armed protection and evacuated the barracks much to the annoyance of Michael Collins, the Chairman of the fledgling Provisional Government. For almost seven weeks, Collins and the mutineers struggled to reconcile their differences in the midst of the Irish Civil War. Both sides were unaware that their efforts to resolve the dispute were thwarted by a group of anti-Treaty Civic Guards intent on destroying the new force.
This book investigates the reasons why the earliest recruits of the Civic Guard took up arms against their own masters and brought about a significant security risk that had direct implications for both the civil war and the future structure of its successor, An Garda Síochána.
Since graduating with a BA in History and Politics in 1993, Brian McCarthy has been engaged in the study of the history of the Garda Siochana. On completing an MA in History, he continued his research into the history of the force and in 2008, he was conferred with a PhD at University College Dublin following the submission of a thesis entitled A history of the provision and reform of probationer education and training in the Garda Siochana, 1922-2007. He is currently a career guidance counsellor at St. Peters College, Dunboyne, County Meath.
'...describes the crisis-ridden attempts to establish a police force in the early weeks od the Irish Free State'
- Leinster Leader
'McCarthy meticulously follows every every twist and turn of divisions within the ranks of the mutineers'
- Books Ireland