The British Joint Intelligence Committee and Ireland, 1965-1972

25 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2007

Date Written: March 2007


This paper discusses the performance of the British Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) in anticipating and assessing the dangers posed to British interests by instability in Ireland between 1965 and 1972, and in setting the parameters within which intelligence operations to counter terrorism were mounted. It concentrates on the performance of the central intelligence assessment machinery of British government, not on the politics of Anglo-Irish relations.1 It explores the performance of the JIC, at least as revealed by the redacted material available in the public archives, in terms of intelligence organization and intelligence failure.

Suggested Citation

O' Halpin, Eunan, The British Joint Intelligence Committee and Ireland, 1965-1972 (March 2007). IIIS Discussion Paper No. 211, Available at SSRN: or

Eunan O' Halpin (Contact Author)

Trinity College (Dublin) ( email )

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Dublin, Leinster D2

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