A Force for Justice: The Maurice McCabe Story by Michael Clifford

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Is there anyone in the country who hasn’t heard of Maurice McCabe? This fascinating and absorbing work by award winning journalist, Michael Clifford, fleshes out the broad headlines of this story. It manages to do so in a highly readable style. However, the unavoidably convoluted nature of the narrative requires attention and rewards re-reading of some passages. I would say this is an essential read, rather than an enjoyable read. It is essential for anyone interested in how the powerful institutions of the Irish state operate, especially how they operate when under perceived threat. The amount of detail can sometimes feel daunting but it is all necessary to our understanding of what was happening. I was struck by the sheer determination of one man to do what he felt was right, regardless of the consequences.  It is no surprise but something of a shock all the same to see how the organisation closes ranks against the “awkward” individual, who shines an unwelcome light on the dark corners of that organisation.

There is a feeling that this story is far from over. I would highly recommend this book to all who care about the way our state operates. It exposes the hypocrisy and double speak often evident in public life. But, ultimately, this book is a tribute to a man who kept going in the face of huge opposition and growing isolation. Read it and weep!

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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