Relief as Troops Arrive and RUC Withdraw


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RTÉ News reports on the scenes at the end of the day that saw the arrival of British soldiers in Derry city.

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    Derry at End of Day
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  • Contributor
    Tom McCaughren (Reporter)
    Pat Sweeney (Presenter)
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    RTÉ News
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    Relief as Troops Arrive and RUC Withdraw
  • Extended description

    The troops arrival has helped to defuse a very tense situation but only because the troops have replaced the hated 'B' Specials and the police.

    Eddie McAteer commented "I don't like British troops but they're better than the specials".

    The troops are positioned at a series of flashpoints around junctions leading into the Bogside. The Bogside barricades are still in position but no stones or petrol bombs have been thrown since the police withdrawal.

    Tom McCaughren reports from the Bogside where crowds cheered as the police withdrew and troops took over. The crowd felt that they had scored a victory over the police and the 'B' Specials. McCaughren describes the scenes as the crowds disband.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report, by Tom McCaughren in Derry and Pat Sweeney in studio, as the RUC withdraw from Derry and the British Army arrive.

    This report was broadcast on 14 August 1969.

    The accompanying image is taken from RTÉ Television News footage from 14 August, 1969 and shows British troops on the streets of Derry.

  • Local keywords
    Northern Ireland 1969, August 1969, British Troops, Derry, Londonderry, B-Specials, Eddie McAteer, Bogside, Tom McCaughren, Pat Sweeney, British Army
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Derry
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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    English (eng)