Sunday 18 November 2018

The loser who won

Recent revelations about the Arms Trial have called into question the role played by the then Justice Minister Dessie O'Malley. In a four-part series on his political career beginning on RTÉ tonight, O'Malley argues passionately about his role in those events. Gerry Gregg, pro

Recent revelations about the Arms Trial have called into question the role played by the then Justice Minister Dessie O'Malley. In a four-part series on his political career beginning on RTÉ tonight, O'Malley argues passionately about his role in those events. Gerry Gregg, producer of the documentary, writes about O'Malley and the bloody and violent background that informs his politics

EIGHTY years ago this month Des O'Malley's maternal grandfather, Denis O'Donovan, was murdered with two other men in the back yard of a small hotel in the village of Castleconnell, Co Limerick. Their Black and Tan executioners used dum-dum bullets, which exploded on impact, severely mutilating the bodies of the victims. Surprisingly for those times the circumstances of the killings were raised in the House of Lords. Lord Parmour, father of the future Labour Chancellor Stafford Cripps, had been on an angling holiday on the Shannon at the time and witnessed the gruesome aftermath.

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