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Order 'The Thimbleriggers' by James Kelly - The Dublin Arms Trials of 1970
A letter to the Taoiseach's Office from the AOH National President, January 23, 2006.
This letter has been FAXed to the Taoiseach's Office and it will be emailed as well as mailed to Dublin. It is on official AOH National President's Office Stationary.

Ned McGinley


An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, January 23, 2006
Department of the Taoiseach
Government Buildings
Upper Merion St.
Dublin 2, Ireland

Dear Taoiseach,

The Ancient Order of Hibernians is writing to you in support of the family of the late Captain James Kelly.

We believe that your meeting with the family on December 9, 2005 was a positive development in this difficult situation and commend you for taking that action. The family is carrying on the quest requested of them by their father in his final moments to completely clear his name.

In your past comments you have noted that you believe Captain Kelly was operating under what he believed were proper orders and you had no reason to doubt his integrity which would mean that the step to clear his name is very close. We request that your move to completely clear Captain James Kelly's name should be sooner rather than later.

This action will help to close a sad chapter in the conflict that has been known as "The Troubles" for more than thirty years and is important to total reconciliation.

Thank you for your efforts.


Ned McGinley


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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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