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Order 'The Thimbleriggers' by James Kelly - The Dublin Arms Trials of 1970
Excerpts from "The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000"

A paperback edition of The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 by Diarmaid Ferriter has just been published.

On page 689, the author states:

"it was a pity that what was regarded as Ireland's most sensational trial was shrouded in such ambiguity. Further allegations emerged with the release of state papers in 2001. These centred around the alleged doctoring of an army statement in relation to the case, and changes to statements in the book of evidence for the trial, deleting reference to the knowledge of the Minister for Defence and whether or not such changes had been made in the Department of Justice. This prompted a 6000 word statement from the Minister who replaced Charles Haughey, Des O' Malley in his (O'Malley's) defence.  The papers also made it clear that James Kelly should never have been brought to trial and had no case to answer, as he had merely being carrying out the instructions of his seniors"

On page 690:

"Captain James Kelly, forced to resign from the army, felt particularly aggrieved despite his acquittal, believing his political masters had betrayed him. It was not until his death in 2003 that the state acknowledged that he had always acted honourably. Col Hefferon, an honest and honourable man, was adament James Gibbons had perjured himself by denying that Hefferon had been keeping him informed of developments, and that Gibbons had contacted him by phone before the trial to ensure 'our memories are the same' Despite the pressure and intimidation Hefferon refused to commit perjury and was ostracized by his colleagues; both his health and his family suffered as a result. Unlike Kelly, he never received an apology from the state, though he clearly merited one."

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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