Members of the Irish Women's Liberation Movement travel to Belfast in 1971 to buy contraceptives.
- Title Contraceptive Train
- 1st Broadcast 22/05/1971
- Clip Duration 00:02:18
- Material Type Video
- Series title RTÉ News
- Clip title Contraceptive Train
- Extended description
In 1971 members of the Irish Women's Liberation Movement travelled to Belfast by train to buy contraceptives in protest against the law prohibiting the importation and sale of contraceptives in the Republic of Ireland. It was a landmark moment in the Irish women's movement.
This RTÉ News report shows the women buying contraceptives over the counter in Belfast.There is an interview with Pat Ledwith who says she thought her purchases would be taken from her, but they weren't.
At Connolly Station in Dublin, where the Belfast train has returned with the women on board, demonstrators chant "let them though" and "enforce the constitution" at the customs officials. Nell McCafferty can be spotted briefly in the crowd. Triumphant women pass through the barrier holding their contraceptives in the air.
A RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 May 1971.
Part of this report is mute.
- Local keywords Women, Contraception, Equality, Protests, Pat Ledwith, Nell McCafferty, Dublin, Belfast, Customs
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Topic Society and Social Issues
- First broadcast channel RTÉ One
- Production year 1971
- Country of production IRELAND
- Original identifier N142/0071D
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- Item type part/extract
- Item colour Black and White
- Item sound Mono
- Aspect ratio 4:3
- Language used English (eng)
- Original language English (eng)
Broadcast - 22/05/1971
Clip Length - 00:02:18
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