"The Civil Rights Marchers...in Londonderry were Extremely Violent..."


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RTÉ's John O'Donoghue interviews William Craig, Northern Ireland Minister of Home Affairs, in the aftermath of the civil rights march in Derry.

  • Title
    William Craig on March
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  • Contributor
    John O'Donoghue (Reporter)
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  • Series title
    Seven Days
  • Clip title
    "The Civil Rights Marchers...in Londonderry were Extremely Violent..."
  • Extended description

    William Craig outlines his views on these events, the banned areas and the riots.

    John O'Donoghue probes Craig about the protestor's grievances such as civil rights, housing and the freedom to travel.
    Craig finds the charges against the police unjustified and says that there will be no enquiry into the events. Craig argues that law and order depends on the respect of the authorities.
    According to Craig, the protection of life and property is more important than the right to protest.

    Craig argues that the civil rights marchers on 5 October in Derry were violent, and future protests will require strengthening the power of the police.

    O'Donoghue also questions Craig about issues he had previously raised regarding the constitution of Northern Ireland and comments he had made about the Pope.

  • Information

    'Seven Days' presenter, John O'Donoghue, talks to William Craig about the Derry riots. This programme was broadcast on 8 October, 1968.

    'Seven Days' began broadcasting on 26 September 1966 and was RTÉ television's flagship current affairs programme for ten years. The programme's young production team was made up of producer Lelia Doolan, directors Eoghan Harris and Dick Hill, and reporters John O'Donoghue, Brian Cleeve and Brian Farrell. Muiris Mac Conghail became producer of '7 Days' in 1967 when the programme was merged with another current affairs programme, 'Division'.

  • Local keywords
    Civil Rights Movement, Derry, Londonderry, John O'Donoghue, William Craig,
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Northern Ireland, Derry, Londonderry
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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    Black and White
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  • Language used
    English (eng)