Davey Neligan

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Person.png Davey Neligan  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(Policemen, Spook, double agent)
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Born1899
Died1983 (Age 83)
NationalityIrish
First head of the newly formed The Irish Free State Garda Special Branch and a key figure in the

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Dates unknown
EmployerMI5
Double agent

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In office
1927 - 1932
EmployerGarda Special Branch

David Neligan known by his soubriquet "The Spy in the Castle", was a crucial figure involved in the Irish War of Independence (1919–21) and subsequently became Director of Intelligence for the Irish Army after the Irish Civil War (1922–23).

Early life

David Neligan was born at Templeglantine, Limerick where his parents, David and Elizabeth Neligan, were primary school teachers. He was an accomplished hurler with his local Templeglantine GAA Club.

Against his father's wishes, Neligan joined the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) in 1917, and was recruited into the G Division in 1919. In May 1920 Neligan's elder brother Maurice (1895–1920), an Irish Republican Army (IRA) member and friend of Michael Collins, persuaded him to resign from the DMP.

After his resignation Neligan returned to his native County Limerick. Shortly afterward his brother Maurice was killed in a motorcycle accident, near their home in Templeglantine. In the meantime Neligan received word from a family friend that Michael Collins wished to meet with him in Dublin. Collins persuaded Neligan to rejoin the DMP and provide information to the IRA. Along with Eamon Broy and James McNamara, he acted as a valuable agent for Collins and passed on reams of vital information.

In 1921 Collins ordered Neligan to let himself be recruited into MI5. He used this as an opportunity to memorise their passwords and the identities of their agents. All of this was passed on to Collins. After Broy and McNamara were dismissed in 1921, Neligan became Collins' most important mole in Dublin Castle.

Irish Civil War

On the outbreak of the Civil War in June 1922, Neligan joined the National Army in Islandbridge barracks with the rank of Commandant, and was attached to the Dublin Guard. He was involved in the seaborne assault on Fenit and spent the remainder of the war serving as a local intelligence officer operating between Ballymullen Barracks, Tralee & Killarney. He has been accused of involvement in several atrocities including the Ballyseedy Massacre. However, Ernie O'Malley expressed doubts as to the evidence of this.[citation needed] In 1923 Neligan was posted to Dublin, where he was promoted to Colonel and succeeded Diarmuid O'Hegarty as National Army Director of Intelligence.

Later life

In 1924 Neligan handed over his post to the youthful Colonel Michael Joe Costello and took command of the DMP (which still continued as a force separate from the newly established Garda Síochána) with the rank of Chief Superintendent. The next year he transferred to the Garda when the two police forces were amalgamated, and was instrumental in the foundation of Garda Special Branch. When Éamon de Valera became head of government in 1932, his Republican followers demanded Neligan's dismissal. He was subsequently transferred to an equivalent post in the Civil Service.

Neligan drew pensions from the DMP, the British MI5, the Garda Síochána and the Irish Civil Service. He also received an 'Old IRA' pension through the Irish Department of Defence.[1]

 

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William GearyAn Irish Nationalist and member of the Irish police force who became the victim of intrigues involving the British and Irish intelligence services arising from the Irish civil war.

 

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References

  1. Michael Collins: The Man Who Made Ireland - by Tim Coogan 2002. ISBN 978-0-312-29511-0

Sources

  • The Spy in the Castle by David Neligan.
  • Who's Who in the Irish War of Independence 1916-1921. Padraic O'Farrell, Mercier Press 1980.

 

A Davey Neligan victim on Wikispooks

TitleDescription
William GearyAn Irish Nationalist and member of the Irish police force who became the victim of intrigues involving the British and Irish intelligence services arising from the Irish civil war.

 

Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
File:Orwellian Ireland.pdfbook2008Brian NugentA collection of articles on the Irish Deep State as it manifests in the power of its Intelligence services, all of which are alleged to be, to a greater or lesser extent, subservient to the UK and US intelligence services
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