The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is to take part in an election to a new Northern Ireland Assembly.

Democratic Unionist Leader leader Rev Ian Paisley tells RTÉ News that if the DUP does not contest the election, then the republicans could take over the Assembly. Unionist involvement will prevent the Assembly from being formed in an undemocratic manner.

I am a democrat and I believe that a strongly mandated, unionist majority in that assembly forum is the only that we can make the British government change their mind and have sense, and appoint a government for Northern Ireland in keeping with the basic principles of democracy.

The plan was to hold an election in the autumn of 1982.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 March 1982.