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The Arms Crisis of 1970: The Plot that Never Was

The Arms Crisis of 1970: The Plot that Never Was (Paperback)

By Heney, Michael

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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. The criminal prosecution that followed, the Ar...ms Trial, was a cause celebre at the time; while it resulted in the acquittal of all the accused, the political crisis it generated was one of the major events of late twentieth-century Irish history. In the fifty years since, myth and controversy has surrounded the trial and its aftermath. Was the country really on the brink of a bloody civil war involving North and South? Did the two Ministers sacked by Lynch help generate the bloody campaign of the Provisional IRA - or were they set up by the Taoiseach as fall guys for an arms plot that was unofficially authorized but always deniable by Lynch? Was there, as is often claimed, a kind of coup in preparation that Lynch's prompt action foiled? A great deal of astonishing new evidence has been uncovered by Michael Heney in his research for this book, raising serious questions about Lynch and his relationship with future Taoiseach Charles Haughey. The book also contains 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 events. The Arms Crisis of 1970 is a major contribution to our understanding of a pivotal moment in postwar Irish history.
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ISBN 9781789545609
Released NZ 31 Dec 2020
Publisher Head of Zeus
Format Paperback
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Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 25 Mar 2021

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ISBN-13 9781789545609
Stock Release date is 31 December 2020
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 25 Mar 2021
Publisher Head of Zeus
Imprint Head of Zeus
Released 31 Dec 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Heney, Michael
Category World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
British & Irish History
Legal History
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Dewey Code 364.13109416
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Political crimes and offenses - History - 20th century - Ireland, Justice, Administration of - History - 20th century - Ireland, Northern Ireland - Politics and government - 1968-1998, Northern Ireland - Trials, litigation, etc
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade