Chichester-Clark Gives Press Conference

EXHIBITION : NORTHERN IRELAND 1969

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The Northern Ireland Prime Minister, James Chichester-Clark is highly critical of the Irish government's response to the outbreak of violence.

  • Title
    Chichester-Clark Attacks Irish Intervention
  • 1st Broadcast
    17/08/1969
  • Clip Duration
    00:06:05
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Chichester-Clark Gives Press Conference
  • Extended description

    The Northern Ireland Prime Minister, James Chichester-Clark is highly critical of the Irish government's response to the outbreak of violence.

    Chichester-Clark describes the behaviour of the Dublin government as "deplorable". He also blames Republican extremists for the disorder in Belfast.

    "The trouble in Belfast began with firing upon the police at widely scattered locations within a short period of time."

    For this reason, the Northern Irish government have found it necessary to detain a number of known agitators. According to Chichester-Clark, the Chief-of-Staff of the IRA has admitted that his organisation has been involved in the violence.He also discusses the role of the civil defence and the army in emergency situations.

    Chichester-Clark acknowledges that most of the political opposition is opposed to the government party on the fundamental issues of the existence of the state.

    The Prime Minister is questioned about the fact that most of the destruction and violence took place in Catholic areas.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report from a press conference given by the Northern Ireland Prime Minister, James Chichester-Clark broadcast on 17 August 1969.

  • Local keywords
    Northern Ireland, 1969, August 1969, Northern Ireland Prime Minister, James Chichester-Clark, Belfast
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Belfast
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    N3603/0069A
  • 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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