An Taoiseach Jack Lynch addresses the nation on RTÉ television following the killing of 13 citizens in Derry on 30 January 1972.
Jack Lynch is insistent that the Irish government is determined to achieve peace in Northern Ireland and in this light has made a number of demands on the British government following the events in Derry the previous day.
The government is satisfied that British soldiers recklessly fired on unarmed civilians in Derry yesterday and that any denial of this continues and increases the provocation offered by present British policies both with the minority in Northern Ireland and to us here.
The Taoiseach has met with the leader of Fine Gael Liam Cosgrave TD and the leader of the Labour Party Brendan Corish TD, in order to exchange views and information on the atrocities that occurred. Both party leaders along with the Taoiseach are united in their approach to the critical situation. The Taoiseach emphasises that the reaction to the events must be taken calmly and with careful consideration stating
The Irish people can rely on Dáil Éireann and the government in this regard.
The Irish government has now called for the immediate withdrawal of British troops from Derry and from other areas in Northern Ireland where there is a high concentration of Catholics, also calling for the cessation of the harassment of the minority.
We have called for the end of internment without trial, which is recognised by almost every observer to have been a disastrous mistake.
In addition the Irish government have asked for a declaration of Britain's intention to achieve a final settlement of the Irish question and the convocation of a conference for this purpose.
Jack Lynch states that these steps are essential if the violence is to end and if peace is to be achieved.
This address was broadcast on 31 January 1972.