British Labour MPs visit the Bogside and hear the views of local residents about the recent violence and the high rate of unemployment.
- Title Labour MPs Visit Bogside
- 1st Broadcast 28/08/1969
- ContributorPat Sweeney (Reporter)
- Clip Duration 00:02:31
- Material Type Audio
- Series title RTÉ News
- Clip title British MPs Visit The Bogside
- Extended description
The members of parliament tour began by meeting representatives of the Citizens Defence Committee and then went on to talk to groups of Catholics on street corners.
The group leader, Arthur Skeffington, Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, received a sharp reaction when he asked "How long are you people going to live like you are living, at one another's throats?"
As the MPs walk through the streets they are heckled on the subject of the B-Specials.
There were also demands made on them for the public release of the Bailey report, which examined police misconduct on the Bogside in January 1969.
The visiting MPs were escorted outside the Bogside by local MPs John Hume and Ivan Cooper, along with other local civic leaders. They went on to visit Protestant areas and some prominent members of the Unionist Party.
RTÉ News reports on the visit of British MPs to the Bogside broadcast on 28 August 1969.
The photograph accompanying this clip shows a general view of the Bogside in Derry city on 7 May 1969.
The photographer was Peter Dorney.
© RTÉ Stills Library 2142/024
- Local keywords Northern Ireland 1969, August 1969, British MP's, Bogside, Derry, Londonderry, Citizens Defence Committee, Arthur Skeffington, B-Specials, Bailey Report, John Hume, Ivan Cooper, Pat Sweeney
- Geographical coverage Ireland, Derry
- Topic Wars and Conflict
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ
- Production year 1969
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier AA6073
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- Item type part/extract
- Item sound Mono
- Language used English (eng)
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Clip Length - 00:00:59
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Broadcast - 22/08/1969
Clip Length - 00:03:40
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Broadcast - 28/08/1969
Clip Length - 00:02:31
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Broadcast - 29/08/1969
Clip Length - 00:13:43