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Order 'The Thimbleriggers' by James Kelly - The Dublin Arms Trials of 1970
The Irish News, Thursday, December, 15 2005. Report from Seamus McKinney –NW Correspondent.

Bid to clear Kelly is making progress

A DERRY-based campaign to clear the name of an Irish army captain involved in the high-profile 1970s ‘Arms Trial’ appears to be making progress.

Captain Jim Kelly, now deceased, was charged along with former taoiseach Charles J. Haughey, former minister Neil T. Blaney, former Sinn Fein assembly member John Kelly and businessman Albert Lunyx with illegally importing arms into Ireland in 1970.

Four of the five men went forward for trial after it was claimed they were importing arms for transfer to Northern Ireland. All four were acquitted but the crisis rocked the Irish state to its foundations.

Captain Kelly worked as an intelligence officer for the Irish army and in the late 1960s was a key conduit between the Irish government and the northern nationalist community.

Despite his acquittal, Captain Kelly’s family claim his reputation never recovered and that he was shunned by the Irish state.

Along with Derry civil rights veteran Fionnbarra O’Dochartaigh, Captain Kelly’s widow Sile Kelly has been campaigning for a government statement on her husband’s innocence.

They also want a plaque dedicated to his memory erected at the Irish army’s Dublin headquarters.

On Friday Mrs. Kelly and two of her daughters met senior officials from the Taoiseach’s department for the first time.

According to Mr O’Dochartaigh, the meeting was a productive one and the officials agreed to meet Mrs Kelly again.

At the next meet a file detailing all the evidence of her husband’s innocence and his subsequent treatment by the state will be handed over by Mrs Kelly.
   
   
   
Books on the Arms Crisis

Order 'The Thimbleriggers' by James Kelly - The Dublin Arms Trials of 1970
The Arms Conspiracy Trial
The Arms Conspiracy Trial: Ireland 1970

Military Aspects Of Ireland's Arms Crisis Of 1969

August 1969: Ireland's Only Appeal To The United Nations
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