Views from a range of political figures south of the border on a summer of violence in Northern Ireland.
John A Costello, Ruairí Brugha, James Dunne and Seán MacEntee give their reaction to the recent violence in Northern Ireland. Former Taoiseach John A Costello believes that no matter how difficult,
The Irish government must take upon themselves the duty of securing peace and by whatever means is available to them.
He believes An Taoiseach Jack Lynch should go to the United Nations (UN) to show the situation is,
Not a domestic problem as the British have always tried to make it; it is an international problem and should be dealt with on the international plane.
Ruairí Brugha of Fianna Fáil believes people should be concerned about what is happening in Northern Ireland and he thinks the Taoiseach was right to go on air and speak about it but,
We should exercise care in what we say and do in the present situation.
He believes Britain has a responsibility for what is happening in Northern Ireland.
Using international law or constitutional arguments just isn’t good enough because its people who count in this matter and its people who should count in this life.
President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions senator James Dunne questions why Irish troops are keeping peace in Cyprus for the UN, when there is a need for peacekeeping at home.
There is something wrong that our people up there are being battered and bludgeoned and shot and our troops are so far away.
Fine Gael senator John Kelly cannot understand the reaction of unionists and British conservatives,
Who speak as though our own interest in our own people was an impertinence and an insolence. We are the only people to whom they can look for outside support.
He fears opinions held by those in the Republic of Ireland could inflame the situation further, but adds,
We're absolutely entitled to speak our mind about it we wouldn’t be deserving of the name of Irishmen if we didn’t.
They provide sinews of war for the sectarian strife with which these organisations operating under the government of Northern Ireland are engaged.
He is unhappy the British government are not taking responsibility for all people living in Northern Ireland and says such behaviour may affect relations with the Republic of Ireland.
Great Britain in her present plight can less afford to forfeit the friendship and goodwill of such a neighbour than at any time in her history, but forfeit it she will if she fails to secure, for our people in the six counties, the rights and status of free and equal citizens.
A ‘Seven Days’ report broadcast on 15 August 1969.