Liam Tobin

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Major General Liam Tobin (born William Joseph Tobin in 1895) was an Irish statesman and officer in the Irish Army. During the Irish War of Independence, he served as an IRA intelligence officer for Michael Collins' Squad.

Early life

Tobin was born in 1895 Cork, the eldest son of Mary Agnes & David Tobin, a Hardware Clerk. Tobin had two younger siblings, Katherine & Nicholas Augustine Tobin, also born in Cork City. Tobin's family moved to John St in Kilkenny and then to Dublin. Tobin went to school in Kilkenny and was an apprentice in a hardware shop at the time of the Rising. As a participant in the Easter Rising he fought in the Four Courts Garrison under Edward Daly. He was arrested and courtmartialed. He was sentenced to death and then had his sentence commuted to life imprisonment. He was a prisoner in Kilmainham, Mountjoy, Lewes, Dartmoor, Broadmoor and Pentonville prison. He was released in June 1917.

The Intelligence War

Early in 1919, Tobin had become Collins' chief executive in the Intelligence Directorate, handling many spies in Dublin Castle, amongst others, information from double agent David Neligan. Tobin constructed detailed profiles of everyone remotely connected to the British Government, often using Who's Who, The Times, and The Morning Post. Tobin was involved in planning the assassinations of British soldiers, informants, members of the Royal Irish Constabulary, the Dublin Metropolitan Police, and operatives of MI5.

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