Money or a video will take care of many but no doubt a certain number will betray because they were communists but could not admit it.
Agreed,My big hope is that space flight will be proven impossible with the upcoming g flight.
They did, they intended to kill all if they were sure collins was dead they might not finish all all but to get at Collins they would have shot themWhy would the irregulars not want to finish them all off??
Usually they say that the ambush was kind of a defensive measure, to delay the Free State from capturing all the big anti-Treaty that were around the area. Also that the ambush had been called off effectively with only about 5 or 6 people hanging around (not including Sonny O'Neill it seems) who were alerted to the convoy by one of them firing into the air as a warning. That was in turn perceived as hostile by the convoy and hence the short 15 minute or so exchange of fire with those 5 or 6 guys. In that time nobody was injured on either side, apart from one small injury to I think motor bike rider, except for the one fatal exact bullet for Collins.
But anyway officialdom/academicdom is now going the way you have indicated. Before this it was Sonny O'Neill and now its a great conspiracy by the whole anti-Treaty IRA to entrap and kill Collins.
I am not so sure of that really, it was the British who really wanted him killed!
For a start if they were in the British army they were not the real thick PIRA type. Real republicans would not join that army. Yes there wereBut most of the people involved in this stage of the Irish Civil War had very extensive training. They typically emerged from either the First World War or War of Independence, and the latter veterans were training, quite intensively, from about 1913. Most of the time from the Truce to then would have been spent in training camps as well. My grandfather who fought in the Civil War was trained originally by a Boer War veteran in 1913/4.
In general the anti-Treaty side were not going to wait around and attempt to wipe out a convoy that had an armoured car with a heavy machine gun on a turret. You steered well clear of that armament unless you had artillery, which obviously they didn't.
“We had a new star arise over the Republican horizon in the shape of John Chartres, a man who had been sent to Ireland by Lloyd George on a secret service mission in reference to munitions. We also had Mr.Smith-Gordon, an Englishman, who was appointed M.D. of the National Land Bank, and one or two other visitors of the same ilk. These were put up as an inner cabinet or advisory board by Mr. de Valera."
“I tried to see Mr. de Valera through various channels, but on each occasion I was sent back to Erskine Childers as I was informed he was the only man that could make an appointment for me with Dev.” (p.147.)