• Short Summary

    POLICE IN DUBLIN ARE TONIGHT (TUESDAY) QUESTIONING EIGHT MEN THEY BELIEVE MAY BE ABLE TO HELP THEM IN THEIR ENQUIRIES INTO THE EARLY MORNING EXPLOSION IN O'CONNELL STREET WHICH WRECKED THE FAMOUS NELSON PILLAR.

  • Description

    POLICE IN DUBLIN ARE TONIGHT (TUESDAY) QUESTIONING EIGHT MEN THEY BELIEVE MAY BE ABLE TO HELP THEM IN THEIR ENQUIRIES INTO THE EARLY MORNING EXPLOSION IN O'CONNELL STREET WHICH WRECKED THE FAMOUS NELSON PILLAR. EARLY TODAY POLICE AND EXPLOSIVES EXPERTS SIFTED THROUGH THE WRECKAGE FOR CLUES WHILE WORKMEN HELPED CLEAR SOME OF THE RUBBLE FROM THE SURROUNDING STREETS.

    IN THE HOURS FOLLOWING THE BLAST, POLICE QUESTIONED DOZENS OF PEOPLE SUSPECTED OF LINKS WITH THE OUTLAWED IRISH REPUBLICAN ARMY (I.R.A.) WHICH AIMS AT UNITING THE PREDOMINANTLY PROTESTANT SIX COUNTIES OF NORTHERN IRELAND WITH THE ROMAN CATHOLIC IRISH REPUBLIC. THE I.R.A. HAVE SAID THEY HAD NO CONNECTION WITH THE BOMB INCIDENT. THE 157-YEAR-OLD PILLAR COMMEMORATED THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR IN WHICH BRITAIN'S LORD NELSON DIED - AND, STANDING AS IT DID IN THE CITY'S MAIN THOROUGHFARE, IT BECAME ONE OF IRELAND'S MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS, WHEN THE BOMB EXPLODED, SOON AFTER 1 A.M. TODAY (TUESDAY) THE STATUE OF LORD NELSON AND THE TOP 20 FEET (5 METRES) OF THE GRAN?TE COLUMN CRASHED TO THE GROUND. CHUNKS OF MASONRY WERE HURLED ALONG THE STREET BUT NO-ONE WAS INJURED.

    POLICE BELIEVE THE GELIGNITE WAS ATTACHED TO A SPIRAL STAIRCASE INSIDE THE COLUMN. THIS WAS THE THIRD BOMBING INCIDENT IN DUBLIN IN THREE WEEKS.

    THE DUBLIN CIVIC AUTHORITIES SAY THE REST OF THE MONUMENT WILL NOW BE DEMOLISHED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA85B8FG83EKPD6OQ4K4IZV5LDP
    Media URN:
    VLVA85B8FG83EKPD6OQ4K4IZV5LDP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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