To Lay Down Your Friends For Your Life


From top: Jack Lynch’s cabinet in 1969; Conor Lenihan

“I think for the first that time this was a legitimate covert operation of the state in an effort to raise, arm, supply both the IRA and ‘citizen’s defence committees’ as they were politely termed

…[it was ] an authorised political operation mounted by the then [Jack Lynch led] government, of which my father [Brian Lenihan Snr. – top pic third left standing) was a member and he never made any secret to us at home what that was about and everybody knew about it

Yet for 20, 30 years in Ireland it would almost put you off the country. We were in denial about this and a lot of people, because of the influence, I suspect, of Jack Lynch and those around him were able to suppress that and say ‘it was a rogue element within the government’ privately and off their own initiative arming the IRA or giving weapons to people north of the border’…”

Former Fianna Fail Minister Conor Lenihan discussing The Arms Trial during a talk on Charles Haughey at the Little Museum of Dublin. Mr Haughey was implicated in the scandal, sacked by Mr Lynch and, although acquitted in a subsequent trial, had his political career derailed for a decade. Mr Lenihan is the author of Charles Haughey; Prince Of Power.

Full speech here

The Little Museum of Dublin

11 thoughts on “To Lay Down Your Friends For Your Life

  1. shitferbrains

    Hard to believe Frank Aiken wasn’t involved in the gunrunning. An inveterate sectarian hater till his dying day.

  2. Daisy Chainsaw

    A whinging, entitled Lenihan… there’s a surprise!

    Has the Russian money dried up?

  3. RuilleBuille

    The operation to arm the CDCs only stopped when Liam Cosgrave threatened Lynch that he would tell the British about it. Some traitor he turned out to be.

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      There have been some despicable traitors in the short history of this state – Cosgrave’s name looms large amongst them. A despiser of his own countrymen.

      1. Andrew

        This is absolute and utter nonsense. What Haughey and his cronies were up to would have resulted in carnage of Bosnian proportions and it was just as well it was stopped.
        The deaths and maiming would have been multiples of what they turned out to be.

  4. realPolithicks

    And yet FF have the balls to constantly criticize SF for their role in the conflict in the north. Blatant hypocrisy.

    1. Frilly Keane

      I know!!!!
      That’s what makes me want ta’ give ’em an unmerciful slap of a dig

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