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Special (American Connection) #488203

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 09, 1976
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(Studio) American customs agents are in North Ireland to find out how much IRA (Irish Republican Army) money and arms cone from US.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Irish-Americans march to grave of Joseph McGarrity, who raised money for IRA (Irish Republican Army) rebellion 60 years ago.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(NYC) Dance raises money which goes to North Ireland Aid Committee IRA (Irish Republican Army) says all money goes for charitable work. [IRA SPOKESPERSON - cites IRA (Irish Republican Army) members who have died.]
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Belfast, North Ireland) A lot of money reaches North Ireland in form of weapons. 15,000 British soldiers can't pacify North Ireland, partly due to steady stream of IRA (Irish Republican Army) weapons. 4 in Baltimore, MD, convicted of gun smuggling. Similar trial pending in Philadelphia. British Info. Service film shows American weapons. 85% of weapons in North Ireland are American Weapons described. Most of money for IRA (Irish Republican Army) charity raised locally, though some comes from US.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Dublin, Ireland) Joe Cahill caught and jailed for smuggling weapons into Ireland while recing. IRA (Irish Republican Army) aid from US. Sean Keenan is director of aid program. [KEENAN - says aid not used for weapons.] IRA (Irish Republican Army) denials hard to accept due to evidence.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Boston, Massachusetts) Fund raiser shown. Americans probably helping charity and buying weapons.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Studio) Raising money not illegal but gun smuggling is.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Utley, Garrick

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