Bonus: Appendix Trial Tapes 2

The second of four recordings we have from the Arms Trial. Taking place on the afternoon of October 16th 1970, this is the unedited courtroom tape recording of the opening speech by Peter Maguire, Charlie Haughey’s barrister. 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 - Charles Haughey. Appendix episodes publish daily (June 14-17th 2021).

Companion TV documentary to this series, also titled GunPlot, is now available via the RTÉ TV Player (Worldwide)


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.

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