Minister Porter Defends Decision to Ban March

EXHIBITION : NORTHERN IRELAND 1969

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Robert Porter, Minister for Home Affairs, answers some of the accusations made against the police and defends the original decision to ban the march.

  • Title
    Minister Believes Police Used Only Necessary Force
  • 1st Broadcast
    20/04/1969
  • Contributor
    Mike Burns (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:35
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    This Week
  • Clip title
    Minister Porter Defends Decision to Ban March
  • Extended description

    Robert Porter, Minister for Home Affairs, answers some of the accusations made against the police and defends the original decision to ban the march.

    One of the accusations against the police is that they terrorised the Bogside area. However, Porter argues that the police carried out a very difficult job in a very satisfactory manner and stated "I believe that no more force was used than was necessary".

    Bernadette Devlin has accused the police of terrorising the Bogside and has described how the police deliberately tried to run down some pedestrians. Porter says he cannot comment on this incidence as he was unaware of it. Devlin has also called for the disbandment of the B-Specials and says that if this doesn't happen, people will have to form a citizen's army.

    Porter goes on to justify the ban on the march. James Kelly, northern editor of Independent newspapers, said that Porter was in conclave with members of the Orange Order before introducing the ban on the march. Porter reacts to this accusation and justifies his actions in the build up to the ban. Porter argues that he was influenced by the advice of the RUC.

  • Information

    A report for the 'This Week' programme broadcast 20 April 1969.

    'This Week' was a RTÉ Radio production featuring daily news and analysis of the week's top stories, with interviews, comment, opinion and the voices of the newsmakers. 'This Week' was presented by Mike Burns and Sean Duignan.

    The accompanying image shows Robert Porter, Minister for Home Affairs, and is taken from RTÉ News broadcast on 12 September 1969.

  • Local keywords
    Northern Ireland 1969, Growing Tension, Robert Porter, Bogside, Bernadette Devlin, B-Specials, Orange Order, RUC, Mike Burns
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Derry
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    QNX000340
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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