"I Don't Give a Hoot if He Is A Muslim. He Can Work Away With Me, I Am Quite Happy to Know Him and Be Friends With Him"


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Over on the Falls Road, Catholics Peter Fusco, Martin Blake and their families speak to Kevin O'Kelly.

  • Title
    Northern Ireland A Film Special
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  • Contributor
    Kevin O'Kelly
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  • Clip title
    "I Don't Give a Hoot if He Is A Muslim. He Can Work Away With Me, I Am Quite Happy to Know Him and Be Friends With Him"
  • Extended description

    They discuss religious differences, the split in the Unionist Party and Protestant neighbours and co-workers. One of the men demonstrated his openness to other religions when he said that he didn’t care what religion his co-workers had, stating “I don’t give a hoot if he is a Muslim. He can work away with me. I am quite happy to know him and be friends with him”.

    They also talk about the disadvantages of a thirty two county Ireland and the influence of the Catholic Church on politics. The topics covered are similar to the discussion that took place on the Shankill Road between O’Kelly and a Protestant family.

  • Information

    For months, Northern Ireland had been making headlines across the world. A society divided by religion and politics now faced a general election.

    RTÉ Radio and Television had been covering the situation north of the border ever since the outbreak of unrest. This clip is taken from the television programme listed as 'Northern Ireland A Film Special'. The programme was presented by Kevin O'Kelly and produced by RTÉ News. O'Kelly looks at the issues in the lead up to an elections and speaks to residents of the Shankill and Falls Roads to gauge the mood across the religious and political divide.

  • Local keywords
    Northern Ireland, Stormont, 1969, Falls Road, Peter Fusco, Martin Blake, Kevin O'Kelly, Catholicism, Protestantism, Religion
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Belfast
  • 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)