The Arms Crisis of 1970 : The Plot that Never Was by Michael Heney
The number one Irish Times bestseller.
‘An original and textured history of one of the most controversial and misunderstood episodes of modern Irish history’ Diarmaid Ferriter. 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 Arms 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.