Arriving in New York on Tuesday (1 February) to make a United Nations protest against the British Army in Northern Ireland, Dr.
LV INT Dr. Hillery leads party onto platform
SCV Dr. Hillery speaks. (SOUND)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: HILLERY: "The Irish people are suddenly confronted with a crucial clarification of the British policies in our country. They have, as you know, had internment without trial and torture in their internment camps. Now we're faced with the death sentence for people who protest. Either it's loosening of totally undisciplined troops, or a cool decision taken in London to kill people. Whichever it is, the situation is totally changed for my government. We find ourselves with a neighbour practising the arts of war on our people, and we have to find a solution for it. I've come to the Secretary-General of the United Nations to explain the position and I hope to visit friendly governments. It's a situation in which one would hope that friendly governments would seek to end a reign of terror which the British are perpetrating on our people. It's a situation in which we will seek help...wherever we find it...to get the British out of Ireland."
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Background: Arriving in New York on Tuesday (1 February) to make a United Nations protest against the British Army in Northern Ireland, Dr. Patrick Hillery...Eire's Minister for Foreign Affairs...told newsmen the situation was either "a loosening of totally undisciplined troops, or a cool decision taken in London to kill people." He said they found themselves with a neighbour practising the arts of war on their people, and hoped friendly governments would help end a reign of terror.
SYNOPSIS: In New York on Tuesday, Dr. Patrick Hillery...the Irish Republic's Minister for Foreign Affairs...spoke to newsmen shortly after his arrival to make a protest to the United Nations about British Army involvement in the current Northern Ireland violence.