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5.0 out of 5 stars insight into daily life in the ira by an ex member, 24 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Killing Rage (Paperback)
Collins was born in 1954 and joined the IRA in late 70s. Not a dry history but a very exciting book from the inside. It contains a number of nicknames of leading IRA men scap,hardbap,mooch,hawk etc in the area who have since been named in other books and publications. Collins became part of an intelligence unit as well as an internal security unit in his native newry area. He was arrested in 1985 and became an informer however he quickly changed his mind but stayed on remand in prison for 2 years. The IRA exiled him as he didn't testify against them. He lived in Southern Ireland for 3 years,returning to Belfast for 2 years to work quietley in a college,then to Edinburgh,Scotland as a community worker.Finally in 1994 he returned to his home area thinking he was safe. He made a tv programme in 95 talking about his life which was critical of the IRA then in 97 this book was published,a devastating critique of the provos. After regularly receiving death threats he was brutally beaten to death.
One of the ironies of the case is a number of the IRA men who were his former colleagues and were critical of him,were themselves later revealed to be informers including stakeknife/scap. It has to be said ALL autobiographies are prone to be one sided and to minimize wrong doing but this is a great book revealing operations ,methodology and IRA /Sinn Fein tensions at that time.
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