Irish Spies in World War II

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Ireland remained neutral in the Second World War. However by the summer of 1940 a German invasion seemed increasingly likely. Having conquered Western Europe the Nazis prepared Operation Sea Lion, an invasion of Britain which would inevitably have led to an invasion of Ireland.

While preparations were made for a defence of the country, Ireland's intelligence community increased their surveillance on potential Nazi collaborators. Chief among these was Eoin O'Duffy who had fought for the fascists in the Spanish Civil War. This podcast is based on a dossier which remained secret for decades. Created by the Directorate of Military intelligence the reports in the dossier which feature in this podcast are a fascinating look inside the world Ireland's military intelligence agency during the Second World War.

The intelligence reports are read by Aidan Crowe.

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