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  1. I think it was the case that police officers did not merely turn blind eyes, but actively assisted. That was certainly the conclusion of one particular Larne-based RIC man in his memoirs of the time: A Beleaguered Station – The memoir of Head Constable John McKenna 1891-1921. (Published by the Ulster Historical Foundation.) An interesting recent read. He was quite cross about it.

  2. I must look out for it. I’ve never read much about the RIC – they seem to be treated as incidental players between the British army and the volunteers

  3. There was an odd period when, officially anyway, they were sidelined. During the War of Independence truce the RIC were not supposed to use their weapons. This left them somewhat less than able to quell sectarian attacks in the North.

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