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    The authorities in Dublin threw an unprecedented security screen around the city's St. Patrick's Cathedral,?

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    The authorities in Dublin threw an unprecedented security screen around the city's St. Patrick's Cathedral, for the funeral of the Irish Republic's late President, Mr. Erskine Childers on Thursday(21 November).

    Mr. Childers died on Sunday (17 November) of a heart attack at the age of 68. He had held office for only 18 months. The man he had succeeded, 92 year-old, Mr. Eamon De Valera, survived him to attend his funeral.

    The police and security forces at the funeral kept a special watch on the British Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Wilson, and the leader of the Conservative Opposition, Mr. Edward Heath.

    Both men were regarded a prime targets for assassination, following recent threats by the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

    Mr. Childers was the fourth President of the Republic, and he was a protestant - the Head of State of a mainly Catholic country. When he took office it was believed this might go some way towards easing the friction between the Republic and the Protestant-dominated North.

    Among other European dignitaries at Thursday's funeral, were King Baudouin of the Belgians, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Prime Minister Jacques Chirac of France. Lord Mountbatten of burma, uncle to Queen Elizabeth II represented the British monarch.

    SYNOPSIS: The Irish Republic's President, Mr. Erskine Childers, who died of a heart attack on Sunday, was buried in Dublin on Thursday.

    This report from John Simpson of the BBC:

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