In 1966 Richard Nixon arrives in Dublin from London for a short visit. He is on a round the world trip and intends to visit the Far East after completing the European leg of his journey.
Nixon talks to RTÉ reporter Kevin McDonald outside Government Buildings about his meeting with An Taoiseach Seán Lemass and Irish government officials where they discussed economic and foreign affairs.
When questioned about the Vietnam War Nixon says that he sees "no immediate settlement" to the Vietnam War and thinks it is important that the U.S. continues in its "strong policy in Vietnam" and maintains a military presence. He agrees with the goals of President Johnson's policies in Vietnam and with the steps that have been taken so far to stop aggression.
When questioned about his future presidential ambitions, Nixon says he is keen to work for the success of Republican candidates in November.
I am a Republican. As a Republican and a member of the Loyal Opposition, I will work as vigorously for the election of Republicans to the Congress, as President Johnston when he was a Senator worked for the election of Democrats when we were in office.
Mr Richard Nixon, was in Dublin on July 25 1966 on a five hour visit in connection with the setting up of a petro-chemical company near the Nitrigin Eireann Teo fertiliser factory in Arklow. Mr Nixon was the legal advisor to Shaheen National Researches, an American company with interests in the oil industry. He was in Ireland to explore the possibility for Shaheen to work in association with Nitrigin Éireann to produce a wide range of plastics, artificial rubber, polythene, as byproducts for the export market.
'Late Extra' broadcast this interview by Kevin MCDonald on 25 July 1966.
RTÉ News also broadcast footage of Richard Nixon arriving at Dublin Airport and paying a courtesy call to President Éamon De Valera at Áras An Uachtaráin.