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Order 'The Thimbleriggers' by James Kelly - The Dublin Arms Trials of 1970
Petition for
 for Capt. James J. Kelly
I, the undersigned, do hereby formally request the An Taoiseach, members of his coalition cabinet, and both houses of the Oireachtas, the Dáil and Senate, to immediately activate whatever political and/or legal measures necessary to clear the good name of deceased Irish Army captain, James J. Kelly. We concur with, and strongly endorse comments by former An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Bertie Ahern, stated merely hours after the Captain's demise: "he had acted on what he believed were proper orders", significantly adding, "personally I have no reason to doubt his integrity".

Furthermore, we feel this unresolved issue is a national shame, which deserves, now, to be treated as a matter of urgency, not only for the sake of his surviving widow and family members, but also primarily in the name of  natural justice, humane compassion and basic decency, which we view as essential ingredients to our sense of national pride.

Furthermore, towards a speedy and successful conclusion to this campaign to posthumously vindicate this soldier, writer, artist and human rights activist, we acknowledge a personal and collective duty, wherever possible, to formulate resolutions to place before diverse national, provincial or regional assemblies and community-based organisations, for their due consideration, with the aim of endorsement.

Finally, we hereby appeal also to similar bodies and elected representatives currently within the direct-rule jurisdiction, north of the border, as well as individuals and groupings abroad, within and beyond the Irish Diaspora, to express their justified concerns and solidarity by whatever means possible.
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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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