On 12 September 1969, following an investigation into the violence and civil disturbance in Northern Ireland on and since the 5th of October 1968, the Cameron Report was published.

In this RTÉ News report Bernadette Devlin gives her reaction to the publication of the report and identifies basic social deprivation, lack of jobs and lack of housing as central to the unrest that took place 5 October. Devlin sees this as the central point which has been completely ignored.

This RTÉ News report was broadcast on 12 September, 1969.

The controversial report stirred reaction from political figures from both sides of the civil rights divide.

  • The Northern Ireland Minister for Home Affairs, Robert Porter hopes that the report will restore confidence in the police force on the part of the catholic community.
  • Brian Faulkner gives his reaction to the Cameron Report and says that the findings of the report justify the government's line.
  • Civil rights activist and one of the original organisers with Derry Housing Action Committee, Eamonn McCann was disappointment with the report and describes it as "under-researched" and "over-written".
  • Nationalist Party MP Eddie McAteer argues that a new police force that is acceptable to all the people is now required as a result of the report.
  • Ian Paisley argues that the Cameron Commission is guilty of "deliberate lying".
  • Civil rights campaigner and independent MP Ivan Cooper feels that report highlighted the arrogance of the Unionist party in their attitude to the civil rights movement.
  • John Hume points the finger at the unionist supporters as the cause of the trouble.
  • Michael Farrell of the 'People's Democracy' sees the report as "very timid" although it does make criticisms of the Northern Ireland government.
  • Unionist Ronald Bunting describes the report as "A highly dangerous and controversial document".
  • Unionist William Craig states that the Cameron Report has been completely superseded by the events.
  • Frank Gogarty of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) feels that the report does not go far enough in condemning right-wing unionism or the part that the government played in opposition to the civil rights movement.

For more on Cameron Report and the Civil Rights Movement in Northern Ireland visit the online exhibition 'Civil Rights Movement 1968-69'