Michael Collins was a pivotal figure in the Irish struggle for independence and his legacy has resonated ever since. Whilst Collins’ role as a guerrilla leader and intelligence operative is well documented, his actions as the clandestine Irish government Minister of Finance have been less studied. The book analyses how funds were raised and transferred in order that the IRA could initiate and sustain the military struggle, and lay the financial foundations of an Irish state.
Nicholas Ridley examines the legacy of these actions by comparing Collins’ modus operandi for raising and transferring clandestine funds to those of more modern groups engaged in political violence, as well as the laying of foundations for Irish financial and fiscal regulation.
"The comparative analysis of terrorist financing will be of value to both practitioners and academics."
Dr Anthony Richard, Reader in Criminology University of East London
"It has become somewhat twee to speak of the need to inform present day actions by referring to the historical past. However, as Dr Ridley ably demonstrates, through his comprehensive and lucid analysis of Michael Collins, there is clearly a great deal to learn about the characteristics and mitigation of modern day terrorist financing from an exploration of the life of arguably one of its earliest proponents."
Professor Rob McCusker, De Montfort University
"The historical account is fascinating, the analysis of insurgency financing invaluable"
Professor Chizu Nakajima, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London
PART I – Violent Undercurrents pre-1914 Europe
PART II – Michael Collins and the struggle for Irish independence
PART III – The Sinews of War
PART IV – Later Political Violence and Insurgency and their Financing
PART V – Michael Collins
Appendix I - Historians and de Valera’s US funds
Appendix II – Collins and Connelly
Bibliography and Works Consulted