"The People Who Are Fighting Are Not Interested in Partition"

EXHIBITION : CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT 1968-69

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Bernadette Devlin, John McGuffin and Tom McGurk, participants in the People's Democracy march, discuss the role of partition in the civil rights protests with Ernest Blythe and Peadar O'Donnell.

  • Title
    People's Democracy March and Partition
  • 1st Broadcast
    05/01/1969
  • Contributor
    Sean Duignan (Presenter)
    Mike Burns (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:07
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    "The People Who Are Fighting Are Not Interested in Partition"
  • Extended description

    Bernadette Devlin, John McGuffin and Tom McGurk, participants in the People's Democracy march, discuss the role of partition in the civil rights protests with Ernest Blythe and Peadar O'Donnell.

    Bernadette Devlin describes the People's Democracy as a "non-political movement". However, she points out that this does not mean that supporters do not have political views. Devlin describes the make-up of the protestors as coming from both Republican and Unionist political backgrounds. She speaks about the inability of the police to protect the protestors on their arrival in Maghera.

    They also discuss the role of the police, the army, and possible assistance from the United Nations. The report also covers the role of the government in the south of Ireland and the future of the People's Democracy movement.

    Devlin states that "the people who are fighting are not interested in partition. What they are interested in is the cause of justice".

  • Information

    A discussion on the People's Democracy march from RTÉ News on th 5th January 1969.

  • Local keywords
    Civil Rights Movement, Partition, Bernadette Devlin, John McGuffin, Tom McGurk, People's Democracy March, Ernest Blythe, Peadar O'Donnell, People's Democracy, 1969
  • 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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