Organising the First Civil Rights March


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RTÉ Radio's 'World This Week' looks back at the beginnings of the campaign for change in Northern Ireland.

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    Organising the First Civil Rights March
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  • Contributor
    Kevin B. Nowlan (Presenter)
    Kevin O'Kelly (Presenter)
    Kieran Sheedy (Producer)
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    World This Week
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    Organising the First Civil Rights March
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    Presenter Kevin O'Kelly states the original aims of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA). NICRA was set up in February 1967 and was seen as a decisive step in the campaign for change in Northern Ireland. The aims of this association included: defining the basic rights of all citizens; to protect the rights of the individual; to highlight all possible abuses of power; to demand guarantees for freedom of speech; and to inform the public of their lawful rights.

    Austin Currie recalls the use of civil disobedience to highlight discrimination. Protests went from occupying a council house to marching to Dungannon. Currie talks about the themes of non-violent protests and the move to more militant approaches. It was hoped that such protests would put pressure on the unions to give in to the nationalist and Catholic demands.

    In July 1968, these new methods of protest prompted a statement from Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill, who disregards the efforts of the nationalists to highlight the inequalities that exist.

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    A RTÉ News report for ‘World This Week’ on civil rights in Northern Ireland. This report was broadcast on 02 February 1972.

    ‘World This Week’ was a current affairs radio programme presented by Kevin B. Nolan and produced by Kieran Sheedy.

    The image accompanying this clip is of Northern Ireland politician, Austin Currie. This photograph was taken during a shoot to gain stock shots of Northern Ireland, for possible use in RTÉ News bulletins.
    Photographer: Peter Dorney
    Date of Photograph: 1 May, 1969
    © RTÉ Stills Library 2142/093

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    Civil Rights Movement, Civil Rights March, World This Week, Kevin O'Kelly, Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association, NICRA, Austin Currie, Terence O'Neill, Dungannon, 1968
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    Wars and Conflict
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    English (eng)