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The Informer

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In 1988 IRA terrorist Sean O'Callaghan walked into a police station and gave himself up. Sentenced to 539 years' imprisonment for IRA crimes including two murders and many terrorist attacks, O'Callaghan served six of those years before being released by royal prerogative.

The reason? For the previous sixteen years O'Callaghan had been the most highly placed informer within
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published July 13th 1998 by Book Club Associates (first published 1998)
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Aug 13, 2015 Montse rated it it was ok
Shelves: irish, politica
It became more and more difficult to understand or empathise with the author's decisions and reflections as I made progress with the reading.
There is some interesting information in the book about the IRA and the situation in Northern Ireland, but, as I said, I found the writer's stories confusing and too aimed at justifying himself. And yet, I couldn't help but find his explanations unclear and unsatisfactory. Disappointing.
Paul Kearney
Nov 22, 2014 Paul Kearney rated it liked it
Born into a republican family within Kerry's I.R.A network .The author's institutionalized movement through a closed religious one nation society Surprised least of all himself. Disillusioned ,bitter and searching for meaning. The decision is made to commit the ultimate of sinn. Informer.From that moment the fascinating, secretive curtain of tense faction and suspicion never closes.In a world of paranoia your source in the "Official" story is the officially discredited and celebrated. Informer
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Mar 31, 2016 Kate Wilson rated it really liked it
Chilling, brilliant, and a bit of insight into a world of violence and terror close to home, that I hope won't be seen again. There's more than enough going on elsewhere!
Jan 07, 2016 Pete rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Regardless of what your opinion of Sean O'Callaghan is, the book provides a good overview of the IRA as well as the attitude of the Irish and British security forces opposed to it. A worthwhile read if somewhat redundant at times.
Dec 13, 2012 Scott rated it it was ok
Complex and convoluted, is Sean O'Callaghan a hero or a criminal? It's hard to follow his reasonings and justifications. It almost reads as a disclaimer.
Mar 27, 2011 Ian rated it it was ok
Shelves: factual
A tale of self aggrandisement from a particularly loathsome individual. Very difficult to tell fact from fiction.
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Well worth reading, well written and informative.
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Sean O'Callaghan is a former member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA). Between 1979 and 1988, he was also an informant for the Garda Síochána's Special Branch. In 1988, he resigned from the IRA and voluntarily surrendered to British prosecution. Following his release from jail, O'Callaghan published his memoirs, The Informer: The True Life Story of One Man's War on Terrorism.
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