British prime minister John Major announced at a news conference on 1994 that the broadcasting ban on Sinn Féin had been lifted.
British prime minister John Major announced at a news conference on 16 September 1994 that the broadcasting ban on Sinn Féin had been lifted. He also committed himself to putting the outcome of the Northern Ireland peace talks to a referendum. The IRA had almost convinced him that their recent ceasefire would continue, and the lifting of the broadcasting ban would give them more flexibility.
David Davin Power reports for RTÉ News. Mitchel McLaughlin of Sinn Féin says the party does not recognise the right of veto among any section of the Irish people, but calls on Major to follow through on the peace process. John Hume of the SDLP says the referendum will be the first time the people of Ireland as a whole will have spoken. Davin Power also speaks to unionists Ken Maginnis and Peter Robinson.
A RTÉ News report 16 September 1994. The reporter is David Davin-Power.