Tuesday 23 October 2018

The Idiot's Guide to the Arms Trial

For those who missed it first time around, Brendan O'Connor unravels the sensational events of 1970, when Fianna Fáil imploded over its response to the troubles in Northern Ireland

THE first shock I got when the Arms Trial was resurrected recently was that they were claiming Jack Lynch was not only an impotent fool but that he oversaw and condoned gun-running, or at the very least that he was duped into supporting gun-running. To paraphrase The Boys of Fairhill "Jackie Lynch he hooked the ball, they hooked Jackie balls and all."

I had to know more. What did the people at Berry's Dairies (the so-called clotted cream connection) have to do with it all and who was this old army man ranting on my television every evening? Who was the man with the eyepatch and why did everyone smoke on television in those days? Join me now on my journey through one of the most surreal times in Irish history.

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