Flintlock, on 04 July 2012 - 11:20 AM, said:
Less than 150 members of the RIC,out of a serving force of over 12,000,transferred to the newly formed Garda Síochana.
The Auxiliaries had a reputation which they earned themselves.
127 RIC went directly into the Civic Guard (isn't called Garda until later) and many more join later especially after the Kildare mutiny when most of the republicans are kicked out. By 1925 they actually changed the rules to encourage more ex-RIC men to join and even proposed giving their sons preferential treatment in recruitment. The 1000 strong Dublin Metropolitan Police served the Free State faithfully for years before being absorbed wholesale into the Civic Guard. It's thought that up to half the officers and a fifth of the other ranks in the Free State Army were ex-British Army as indeed were many of the later recruits to the Garda (in Ireland there was a great tradition of ex-Guardsmen joining the police, nearly 1000 returned to the ranks as reservists during the Great War, one reason the RIC were so understrength in 1919).
The Auxies were demonised and their actions exaggerated to provide retroactive justification for the IRA attacking the RIC in the first place but it's also a convenient fiction (for ALL sides) as they can be blamed for all the excesses of the security forces when the regular armed forces (which would still recruit by the 100,000s in the Free State right up to the present day) and regular RIC officers such as Eugene Igoe and John Nixon engaged in just as many vigilante actions. It's rather like the 'bad SS/good Wermacht' myth which prevailed in Germany for a long time, if the SS could be blamed for everything then the wider German armed forces could be excused. Many RIC/DMP and Irish soldiers just kept their heads down during the conflict as they wanted to continue living in Ireland after Home Rule, the Auxies didn't have that problem so fought fire with fire.
The Evening News in 1919 talks of the men who volunteered for the North Russia Relief force which would have been about the same time saying 'it was the soldier without a medal ribbon who is conspicuous', the other ranks containing an ex-Major with the DSO, an ex-Captain with an MC and an ex-RFC pilot wearing 'Worn clothes, jackets in which the pockets drooped pitifully, collars devoid of ties, ties to which no collars give effect, baggy trousers, boots thin and cracked. I suspect the Auxies would have been similar. They also recruited ex-naval officers for guarding docksides, if you watch the series Boardwalk Empire' you can see them in one ep. Sean Bean made a pretty good film called 'Troubles' where he plays an Auxie.