"The Arrival Of The British Troops Is Only A Temporary Thing"

EXHIBITION : NORTHERN IRELAND 1969

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Andy O'Mahony speaks to John Hume about all that has happened in Northern Ireland since the civil rights demonstration of 5 October 1968.

  • Title
    John Hume on Northern Ireland
  • 1st Broadcast
    19/08/1969
  • Contributor
    Andy O'Mahony (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:08:36
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Topic
  • Clip title
    "The Arrival Of The British Troops Is Only A Temporary Thing"
  • Extended description

    Andy O'Mahony speaks to John Hume about all that has happened in Northern Ireland since the civil rights demonstration of 5 October 1968.

    For John Hume the root of the problem is sectarian hatred. He sees the arrival of British troops as a temporary measure to secure law and order. According to Hume, the problems in the North were started by extremely sectarian people and these people still dictate the pace of things in Northern Ireland.

    Hume believes that the events that have occurred in Northern Ireland have unveiled the very roots of law and order as "rotten".
    Hume who is openly opposed to the presence of the 'B' Specials as a body of men, whose only qualification is that they are Protestant. There is no physical or mental test to become part of the 'B' Specials.

    John Hume says he is in favour of a request for the intervention of the United Nations.

    Now that the British government has placed troops in Northern Ireland, Hume sees this as a public admission that Stormont has failed.

  • Information

    John Hume on the radio programme 'Topic' broadcast on 19 August 1969.

    The accompanying image shows British Troops in Ardoyne on 17 August 1969 and is taken from RTÉ News footage from that day.

  • Local keywords
    Northern Ireland 1969, August 1969, John Hume, Andy O'Mahony, Sectarianism, B-Specials, United Nations, Stormont
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Belfast
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BB1944
  • 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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