Austin Currie in Caledon Protest

EXHIBITION : CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT 1968-69

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Austin Currie talks about the impact of his occupation of a house in Caledon in protest at housing discrimination.

  • Title
    Civil Rights Campaign
  • 1st Broadcast
    16/05/1979
  • Contributor
    Tom Savage (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:03:17
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Eye Witness
  • Clip title
    Austin Currie in Caledon Protest
  • Extended description

    Austin Currie recalls squatting in Caledon and the impact it had in a 1979 studio discussion on RTÉ's 'Eye Witness' programme.

    Currie talks about being thrown out of the Stormont parliamentary assembly and the resulting process of barricading himself in to the house in Caledon. The occupation only lasted for three or four hours, when he and two other protestors were thrown out. By this time, the media was there and he knew that an impact had been made.

    Currie says that this was the first time that the national media in London reported the issue of housing discrimination in Northern Ireland. The prosecution case was later dismissed and the case against him was appealed and brought to the high court, where Currie was fined £5.

  • Information

    An ‘Eye Witness’ special on the Civil Rights Campaign. This programme was presented by Tom Savage and was broadcast on 16 May 1979.

    'Eye Witness' was a series of five programmes in 1979 dealing with events of importance to Ireland. The programme was compiled from old film, stills, newspaper cuttings and eye-witness accounts, as well as an in-studio discussion.

  • Local keywords
    Caledon Protest, Caledon, Civil Rights Movement, Austin Currie, Housing
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Caledon, Tyrone
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1979
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    DLX/00444
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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