"An Attempt to Change the Rotten State of Misgovernment We Have in the North"

EXHIBITION : CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT 1968-69

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Protestant marcher John McGuffin gives his views on the People's Democracy march in a studio discussion.

  • Title
    People's Democracy March
  • 1st Broadcast
    05/01/1969
  • Contributor
    Sean Duignan (Presenter)
    Mike Burns (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:03:29
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    "An Attempt to Change the Rotten State of Misgovernment We Have in the North"
  • Extended description

    John McGuffin felt that this march was essential in highlighting the situation in Northern Ireland and described it as "an attempt to change the rotten state of misgovernment that we have in the North". McGuffin also states that the government must do something about counter-demonstrations. 

    McGuffin goes on to describe how the protestors were attacked and badly beaten. McGuffin also points out that the People's Democracy is fighting for the rights of both Catholics and Protestants. He further comments that "Paisleyites aren't our enemies. They're just deluded by leaders who are using them". They are joined in the studio by Tom McGurk and Bernadette Devlin, who also took part in the "marathon, 17 mile march".

  • Information

    A RTÉ Radio News report featuring an interview with People's Democracy supporter John McGuffin.
    This report was broadcast on 5 January 1969.

    The photograph accompanying this clip is of RUC men and civilians on a Derry street during the riots.

    © RTÉ Stills Library 0130/058

  • Local keywords
    Civil Rights Movement, People's Democracy March, John McGuffin, Paisleyites, Tom McGurk, Bernadette Devlin, People's Democracy
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BB012893
  • 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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