Accusations and Denials

EXHIBITION : NORTHERN IRELAND 1969

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Bernadette Devlin, Ivan Cooper and residents of the Bogside complain to RTÉ about the behaviour of the RUC the previous night.

  • Title
    Interviews about Derry Riots
  • 1st Broadcast
    20/04/1969
  • Contributor
    Reg Cullen (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:36
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Accusations and Denials
  • Extended description

    Bernadette Devlin, Ivan Cooper and residents of the Bogside complain to RTÉ about the behaviour of the RUC the previous night.

    Bernadette Devlin says the riots are a result of 50 years of Unionist misrule in Northern Ireland. Devlin goes on to describe the "organised invasion of the Bogside" by the RUC as a "sheer massacre".

    Residents of the Bogside describe the fear of leaving their homes and talk about the riots that occurred the previous night.

    Ivan Cooper provides some examples of police brutality that occurred and says that the police are not trained to handle demonstrations. Cooper believes that the government must indicate their plans to implement the demands of the civil rights movement if there is to be an end to the riots.

    RUC Officer Graham Shillington denies any accusations of police brutality and points out that over 200 officers were injured.

  • Information

    RTÉ News reports on a night of rioting between protestors and police in Derry broadcast on 20 April 1969.

  • Local keywords
    Northern Ireland 1969, Growing Tension, Derry, Londonderry, Bernadette Devlin, Ivan Cooper, Bogside, RUC, Graham Shillington, Reg Cullen
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Derry
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    N1868/0069C
  • 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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