Strict security operations were in force when Britain's newly appointed Home Secretary, Mr Reginald Maudling, flew into the troubled province of Ulster on Tuesday (June 30).
Strict security operations were in force when Britain's newly appointed Home Secretary, Mr Reginald Maudling, flew into the troubled province of Ulster on Tuesday (June 30). Six people died in the recent fighting between Protestants and Catholics triggered off by the imprisonment of Bernadette Devlin, the 23 year old Civil Rights M.P.
Mr. Maudling held talks with the Ulster Prime Minister Mr. Chichester-Clark for about half-an-hour before going to the Ulster Parliament at Stormont Castle to listen to MPs. He also held meetings with religious and trade union leaders and with the British Army Commander, General Freeland.
On his arrival the Home Secretary reiterated previous British Government pledges that Northern Ireland would not be detached from Britain without the consent of its peoples. He said that there could be no peace or prosperity unless law and order was restored.
As Mr. Maudling held his meetings, tough emergency measures were being rushed through the Northern Ireland Parliament. The new measures provide for at least six months' imprisonment for people arrested in riots and a minimum of 5 years for offences involving explosives.
Funerals of three men - all Protestants - were also held during Mr. Maudling's visit. One of them was of Mr. William Kincaid, aged 28 who leaves a widow and two young children. Protestant men of the Orange Order marched in the funeral procession.
British troops, whose strength is being increased to 11,000 this week, have been given orders to shoot snipers on sight.