As violence escalates in Northern Ireland the Taoiseach Jack Lynch asks that British government to request a peace keeping force from the United Nations.
In an address broadcast on radio and television, the Taoiseach Jack Lynch says the situation north of the border has been caused by the forces of sectarianism and prejudice.
We deplore sectarianism and intolerance in all their forms wherever they occur.
Over the past few months, the Irish government has acted with restraint and diplomacy and was,
Careful to do nothing that would exacerbate the present situation, but it is clear now that the present situation can not be allowed to continue.
The Taoiseach states that the Northern Ireland government is no longer in control of the situation and that the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) is not accepted as an impartial police force. He also announces that the Irish Army will set up field hospitals along the border as,
It is clear also that the Irish government can no longer stand by and see innocent people injured and perhaps worse.
Jack Lynch also acknowledges that the RUC is no longer accepted as an impartial police force and the use of British forces would not be acceptable in restraining further violence. In this light, the Irish government has contacted the British government to make a request to the United Nations for a peace-keeping force to be installed in Northern Ireland.
The Taoiseach made a request to the British government that all police attacks on the people of Derry cease immediately. He stresses the view that the only resolution to the conflict is the reunification of all of Ireland and is pressing the British government for a constitutional review for the six counties of Northern Ireland.
vision is that a resolution can be found in the short term through the granting of full equality of citizenship to all people in the six counties and in the long term by the restoration of unity of all of Ireland.
A broadcast by An Taoiseach Mr Jack Lynch TD on 13 August 1969.