Miss Bernadette Devlin, the 21-year-old University student who is now the M.P. for Mid-Ulster, has?
ARMY BARRACKS; BERNADETTE DEVLIN SPEAKING (SOF)
TRANSCRIPT: QUESTIONER: "You spoke about civil war in Ireland--how imminent do you think civil war might be?"
DEVLIN: "I think like everything else it will depend on ourselves within the civil rights movement to do as much as we can to keep the temperature down while keeping the pressure up. It is obvious that the Unionist party is quite prepared to set Catholic against Protestant in this country, rather than give the reforms which would in fact mean that there would be an end to sectarianism. This is quite understandable as the policy of the Unionist party because if the party were in fact to give us reforms to end sectarianism, it would end its own power base."
QUESTIONER: "If you thought that resigning your seat in Parliament would help to calm down and stop this explosion of violence, would you do it?"
DEVLIN: "I would do anything to obtain justice and peace for the people of this country. I have no particular desire to be a member of Parliament, in fact I took the seat and fought the seat in order to help the fight for justice. In the words of a very great Irishman--'for Ireland I care little; for the Irish people I would give my life.' If I thought it would ring justice to the people of this country I would be prepared to give my life. The only thing is that in the present situation, because the Unionist party is not prepared to do anything, quite a few of us may give our lives for nothing."
QUESTIONER: "So you will carry on?"
DEVLIN: "I will carry on, yes--to the end. And I hope the end is the end of Unionism. Thank you."
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Background: Miss Bernadette Devlin, the 21-year-old University student who is now the M.P. for Mid-Ulster, has warned that the Northern Ireland rioting might be the start of civil war. British troops are moving in to take a hand in the political troubles.
The troops are part of the 3,000 permanently based in Northern Ireland. They will guard key points, such as telephone exchanges, water facilities and other public works. This move will free more police to cope with the riots.
Miss Devlin said that whether or not there was civil war depended on those within the civil rights movements. She said she would be prepared to give her life to bring justice to Northern Ireland.