On 9 August 1971 internment without trial was introduced, under the 1922 Special Powers Act, into Northern Ireland by Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Brian Faulkner.

'Operation Demetrius' as it was known, involved the internment of 342 Irish nationalists who were suspected of terrorist involvement or IRA membership .

Outside government buildings in Dublin the Taoiseach Jack Lynch gives his reaction to the introduction of internment when he spoke to RTÉ News reporter Michael Ryan. He comments on the Stormont administration and the consequences for the families of those interned in the North by the British government. He outlines his objectives and the objectives of his Fianna Fáil administration,

To secure... peace in the North and to secure reconciliation between all Irishmen by agreement through peaceful means.

An RTÉ News report by Michael Ryan broadcast on 9 August 1971.