Jack Lynch addresses nation before 12th of July Parades

In a special broadcast, the Irish taoiseach appeals to those both north and south of the border. The annual unionist 12th of July parades were due to take place the next day and Northern Ireland was volatile. Recent riots in the nationalist part of Belfast had seen four people killed by the British Army. Jack Lynch himself had sacked his ministers Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney for alleged conspiracy to import arms for the IRA.

If a few of you are so misled as to go on brandishing a domination over your nearest neighbours, no words of mine can stop you. But the world will not respect you.

A broadcast by the Taoiseach Jack Lynch from 11 July 1970