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Background: The Northern Ireland administrator, Mr. William Whitelaw, on Tuesday continued talks with leaders of the main Roman Catholic opposition party in Northern Ireland, the Social and Democratic Labour Party (SDLP). The talks are understood to have covered much ground. The SDLP leaders are known to have asked Mr. Whitelaw to release the remaining 300 internees in Northern Ireland, and to begin a phased withdrawal from the former Roman Catholic "no-go" areas, especially from schools and parks where troops are billeted.
Even as the talks went on, it was announced that Mr. Whitelaw had signed orders for the release of another forty-seven internees, and he was understood to be considering other requests.
The number of people killed in Northern Ireland in three years of violence rose to 501 on Tuesday, with the death of a boy from injuries received in an earlier bombing in the town of Claudy.