Irish Book Awards

The Arms Crisis of 1970: The Plot that Never Was

The arms crisis of 1970 came about when two Irish cabinet ministers, Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney, alongside an army officer and other figures, were accused by Taoiseach Jack Lynch of smuggling arms to the IRA in Northern Ireland. Now, Heney offers the first comprehensive investigation into how the arms trial prosecution was mounted, and how the jury came to their verdict of acquittal. Heney’s meticulous scholarship challenges much of the conventional wisdom about these sensational event making The Arms Crisis of 1970 a major contribution to our understanding of a pivotal moment in postwar Irish history.

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