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GunPlot: Ep 6 - Closing In

Attempts continue to bring black market sub-machine guns and pistols into Ireland. But when an Irish policeman is shot on the streets of Dublin, everything changes. And the forces seeking to undo the entire plot to import guns are growing stronger. (2021)

GunPlot: Ep 1 - The Spark that Lit the Flame

An Irish Army Captain goes on holidays - a strange kind of holiday. To a city where he knows there is likely to be 'trouble'. He arrives as a three-day street battle, now known as 'the Battle of the Bogside',begins. And it changes everything. EP1/9 (2021)

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GunPlot: Ep 2 - Invasion

As tensions continue to rise, the Irish Army is hurriedly moved to the border of Northern Ireland. Is this a sign that Ireland is going to take on the might of the British Empire? One Irish government minister hopes so. And his name is Neil Blaney (Ep2/9)

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GunPlot: Ep 3 - Plan B

A secret plan by members of the Irish Government to import guns into Ireland begins to come together. But forces are gathering in the wings to scupper it. Will the plot survive? (Ep3/9). Released Weekly. (2021)

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GunPlot: Ep 4 - Muzzy

It's October 1969 and the truth is becoming murky. A plan to buy weapons begins to come together. And a group of men go shopping for guns. But what happens when the arms dealer they meet is actually a foreign spy? (Ep4/9). Released Weekly. (2021)

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GunPlot: Ep 5 - Deeper

The hunt for guns leads to a meeting in Antwerp with a shady arms dealer. The Minister for Defence issues a directive that could lead to an invasion of Northern Ireland. A group of men wait at Dublin Port for a shipment of arms to arrive. (Ep5/9)

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GunPlot: Ep 7 - Implosion

The country is about to wake up to some shocking news. The plan to secretly import weapons is blown wide open and the dominoes are about to start falling with devastating consequences for some of those involved. Ep 7/9. (2021)

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GunPlot: Ep 8 - The Trial

Four men stand before the High Court, charged with conspiring to import arms and ammunition illegally into Ireland. A Government Minister, an Army officer, a Belgian businessman and a proud IRA man. If found guilty, jail beckons. Ep 8/9 (2021)

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GunPlot: Ep 9 - Fallout

More than 50 years after the Arms Crisis of 1970, the effects echo through to today. There was personal fallout, financial fallout, social fallout and political fallout. It was, and continues to be, the biggest political scandal of modern Ireland. (2021)

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GunPlot: Bonus - Appendix Trial Tapes 1

The first of four recordings we have from the Arms Trial. Taking place on the morning of October 16th 1970, this is the unedited courtroom tape recording of Captain James Kelly being cross examined by Seamus McKenna, Prosecution Barrister. (2021)

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GunPlot: Bonus - Appendix Trial Tapes 2

The second of four recordings we have from the Arms Trial. The case for the defence of Charles Haughey is laid before the jury. This was a preamble to the 'main event' of the Arms Crisis: the testimony of the fallen star of the political firmament. (2021)

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GunPlot: Bonus - Appendix Trial Tapes 3

The third of four recordings we have from the Arms Trial. Taking place on the morning of October 20th 1970, this is the unedited courtroom tape recording of a legal argument. This is something you never read about from a trial. (2021)

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GunPlot: Bonus - Appendix Trial Tapes 4

The fourth and final recordings we have from the Arms Trial. Taking place on the morning of October 20th 1970, this is the unedited courtroom tape recording of the closing address to the jury by Niall McCarthy, Charlie Haughey's Barrister. (2021)

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Documentary maker: Nicoline Greer

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Documentary-maker: Ronan Kelly

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GunPlot: Ep 6 - Closing In

Attempts continue to bring black market sub-machine guns and pistols into Ireland. But when an Irish policeman is shot on the streets of Dublin, everything changes. And the forces seeking to undo the entire plot to import guns are growing stronger. (Ep 6/9). Released weekly.

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Credits:

GunPlot was written, recorded and produced by Ronan Kelly and Nicoline Greer.

Sound Design by Damian Chennells

Production assistance from the RTÉ Documentary On One Team.

Special thanks to all our contributors, and to the RTÉ Design, Marketing, Online and Creative Audio departments.

For further information, and articles by Anna Joyce to accompany each episode, visit www.rte.ie/gunplot

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