Thursday October 29, 2020

Fifty years on, the Arms Trial still raises political hackles

Comment: The crisis created a political culture of secrecy, resentment and unquestioning loyalty which persisted for decades

27th September, 2020
Neil Blaney, former Minister for Agriculture, and Charles Haughey, the Minister for Finance during the arms trial in 1970. Photo: PA

It’s not going away you know. The 50th anniversary of the arms trial last week was marked by extensive discussions on RTÉ’s Liveline.

There was news of the discovery of audio recordings in a briefcase in a Bank of Ireland vault, which will form the basis of an RTÉ podcast series; a demand in the Dáil for the release of state files by the son of former taoiseach Charles J...

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