Visnews filmed Mar 11 IRA members petitioning Dublin householders in their protest campaign over the imprisonment of IRA members at Curragh Camp, Eire.
Visnews filmed Mar 11 IRA members petitioning Dublin householders in their protest campaign over the imprisonment of IRA members at Curragh Camp, Eire. The Camp was described in the petition as the "only concentration camp in Western Europe." Retribution - vary householders would only allow the backs of their heads to be shown.
In two months, the IRA - the National Republican Movement - distributed a million petitions to Irish men and women urging them to support their demand for the release of some 400 gaoled members. The Movement said every household had been petitioned.
By March 11 the de Valera Government released the last 12 IRA political prisoners and closed Curragh Camp, despite a protest from Macmillan sent through the British Ambassador in Dublin.
The same day as the men's release, the N.Ireland Minister for Home Affairs, responsible for counter-measures against terrorism from over the border, called it a "ghastle error".
Prime Minister de Valera of Eire set up Curragh Camp July 1957 when border raids by the IRA began to increase. The release of the men is proof that the Eire Government see no recrudescence of terrorism.
Among the released 12 prisoners is a 23 year old absconder from the British Army who was allegedly concerned in an IRA raid on an Army cap in British last year. The British police issued a warrant for his arrest at the time but there is no extradition treaty between Eire and Britain.