Irish Republican Army militant Joe Cahill returned to Dublin on Thursday (9 September) after a United States Immigration hearing ruled that he must be deported.
MV Cahill walking down corridor talking to reporters (silent)
CU Cahill, reporter asking question
REPORTER: "As far as you are concerned, if civilians do in fact get hurt in the course of your operations, that's just too bad, is it?"
CAHILL: "It's a terrible tragedy if it does happen. Britain has declared war on us, through Maudling and General Tuzo. We accept the challenge They declared war. They said it was a war, not us, and we accept it.
REPORTER: "What do you see as the next step in this war now that you are back?"
CAHILL: "Er, it's not up to me to make decisions, we have a national leadership and we are governed by them."
REPORTER: "What kind of tactics do you see in the future?"
CAHILL: "Again, that is a matter for the national leadership."
REPORTER: "But I thought you decided what happened in Belfast."
CAHILL: "I don't decide what happens in Belfast. I obey orders."
REPORTER: "Where are you going now?"
CAHILL: "For a good sleep."
REPORTER: "Where do you get your orders from then, if you obey orders ?"
CAHILL: "From General Headquarters."
REPORTER: "In Dublin ?"
REPORTER: "Are you going back to Belfast now?"
CAHILL: "I hope to go back soon."
REPORTER: "Are you expecting to see an intensification of what is happening in Belfast ?"
CAHILL: "I have no idea what the instructions have been over the past week."
REPORTER: "What do you think of the tripartite talks between Mr. Heath, Mr. Lynch and Mr. Faulkner?"
CAHILL: " I don't know enough bout it to comment on it."
REPORTER: "But in principle, what would you think of such talks if they happen ?"
CAHILL: " There must be no sell-out this time. We want complete freedom. That is the only thing that will bring peace to Ireland."
REPORTER: " Are you still convinced that your violent methods are the only way to bring this about ?"
CAHILL: "It's not only what you call our violent methods. It is the will and the demand of the people at the present time. They have had fifty years of torture in the North of Ireland, and they want an end to it."
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Background: Irish Republican Army militant Joe Cahill returned to Dublin on Thursday (9 September) after a United States Immigration hearing ruled that he must be deported. His visa had been cancelled by order of the U.S. State Department. He had been interned in a New York detention centre for the past week.
On arrival in Dublin, he was arrested by Irish Police. Authorities announced that he was being held under the Offences Against the State Act, a measure that permits imprisonment without trial. He is under suspicion of belonging to an illegal organisation.
Interviewed by reporters shortly before he was taken away by police officers, Mr Cahill said that civilian casualties that have occurred as a result of violence in Northern Ireland were a terrible tragedy, but insisted that it was Britain who had declared war.