Those who blindly followed leaders who had themselves gone wrong become traitors to the republic and deserve a traitor’s fate.
- Fianna Éireann constitution
Ireland – 1928.
Seán Harling was a civic guard and former republican. During the War of Independence Seán worked closely with the government of the first Dáil, including Éamon de Valera. Then, after the Civil War Harling joined the Free State police force as an intelligence officer.
When Séan shot dead an active IRA member in mysterious circumstances his former friends in the Republican movement cried foul.
Harling claimed he had been ambushed but, though cleared of wrong doing by a tribunal and inquest, he was forced to give up his job and flee the country.
Was Harling a double agent?
A role so secret even his former friends thought of him as a turncoat?
Revealing private conversations that suggest Harling was playing a much murkier role than even his detractors would suggest, Noel Redican delves into the dark and shifting history of Ireland’s first decade as an independent state, when politics was fluid and murderous tensions were never far from the surface.