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The IRA, 1956-69: Rethinking the Republic… May 30, 2011

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish History.

I’m wondering has anyone else had problems sourcing Dr. Matt Treacy’s book? I was in Hodges Figgis today looking for it and the many copies there a week or so ago had all gone. Impressive, though they didn’t seem to know when the next batch would arrive.

Anywhere else anyone has seen it in Dublin in the last few days?

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1. Mr. Ponzi - May 30, 2011

It’s my understanding that it has been recalled pending an errata slip which is to be placed into all copies on the back of Anthony Coughlan’s threat of libel action.

WorldbyStorm - May 30, 2011

Ah-hah, thanks MP. I thought it might be something like that, but I didn’t get details. Any idea when it will be available again?

Mr. Ponzi - May 30, 2011

I’m not even sure this is the real reason. Maybe tumbles can enlighten us? :-)

Budapestkick - May 30, 2011

Exactly what is Coughlan threatening libel on? The whole thing frankly seems absurd. Particularly as I’m dying to get my hands on a copy of the damn thing.

Mr. Ponzi - May 30, 2011

the thing about libel is that if you repeat what is later deemed to have been libellous, you can be sued as well. So, not to put cedarlounge into that position, here’s a link to Coughlan’s criticisms:


WorldbyStorm - May 30, 2011

Thanks for that, here’s some more of Coughlan’s criticisms and a response from Matt Treacy on indymedia. http://www.indymedia.ie/article/99779

Budapestkick - May 30, 2011

I’ve read Coughlan’s criticisms already but I really don’t see how anything he refers to can be considered libellous.

Mr. Ponzi - May 30, 2011

Unfortunately it’s not up to you to decide, budapestkick, it’s for a court to decide. And Ireland’s libel laws are quite strict.

2. Starkadder - May 30, 2011

On the subject of books on the Irish left history,
has anyone here seen “Sam Nolan:A Long March on
the Left” by Brian Kenny? I picked up a copy in
Books Upstairs and it’s an interesting read. Kenny
has writing another book about Irish Labour whose name escapes me.

3. HAL - May 30, 2011

I read the two links above and it seems to me that he has a very good case. His quote “This is journalistic gossip, not history” rings true,particularly if Dr Tracy counters ACs account of events with anonymous information to suit his version.And as the man said he was never a member of any formation other than the Labour Party,told Dr Tracy this ,has a history of litigation against anyone who alleges otherwise,and then reads this in the book.Obvious result really.

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