Michael Mulqueen
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9/11: a critical juncture?
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This chapter examines how the legislative frameworks within which the agencies work affect policy. It reports the influences on policy of organisational problems within the Garda Síochána and of the traditionally difficult relations between the Defence Forces and their civilian overseers. The Garda was vulnerable to government pressure when conducting the re-evaluation of Irish national security policy after 9/11. The entire Defence Organisation became tied into a policy focus on the new generation of overseas mission. The top command structure of the Defence Forces is problematic for national security policy. It is noted that Air Corps management estimates that regaining jet aviation pilot and maintenance capabilities to prevent and intercept threats could take many years. The model of historical institutionalism has helped to identify and explain the significance of key moments in the development of Irish policy. The system of centralised political control poses difficulties for national security policy.

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