British MPs Visit The Bogside

EXHIBITION : NORTHERN IRELAND 1969

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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
  • Contributor
    Pat Sweeney (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:31
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    British MPs Visit The Bogside
  • Extended description

    British Labour MPs visit the Bogside and hear the views of local residents about the recent violence and the high rate of unemployment.

    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.

  • Information

    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
  • 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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