"...I can prove conclusively that this was not an unlawful assembly"

EXHIBITION : CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT 1968-69

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Ian Paisley outlines what he and his followers are trying to achieve.

  • Title
    Interview with Ian Paisley
  • 1st Broadcast
    03/12/1968
  • Contributor
    John O'Donoghue (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:06:44
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Seven Days
  • Clip title
    "...I can prove conclusively that this was not an unlawful assembly"
  • Extended description

    From Ardenlee Avenue, Belfast, Paisley argues that they are trying to protect the Ulster constitution as set down in the Ireland Act of 1920 and to maintain themselves as part of the United Kingdom out of loyalty to the Protestant revolution of 1688 to 1690.

    Paisley and his followers believe in the British constitution is a protestant constitution which provides all the privileges and liberties that Protestantism stands for. He feels that a majority of Roman Catholics would deny the protestants of the liberties that they should have. Whereas Protestantism is prepared to give liberty to all within the boundaries of the law, according to Paisley. Paisley's issue is with the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic church as opposed to individual Catholics.

    They also discuss notions of propaganda in the media, symbolism, violence, and his ongoing plight to preserve and protect biblical Protestantism.

  • Information

    In a report for 'Seven Days' broadcast on 3 December 1968 John O'Donoghue talks to Ian Paisley.

    '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, Northern Ireland, Belfast, Ian Paisley, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Civil Rights, John O'Donoghue, 1968
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belfast
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1968
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    P21/00069
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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