After centuries of struggling to break free from Britain, the Irish must now decide whether to join a larger Europe.
GV Dublin street scenes (2 shots)
GV Factory PAN TO "No EEC" sign
CU Anti-EEC postera (3 shots)
CU "Yes" signe (3 shots)
GV Thurlas square
SV & CU Prime Minister Lynch with supporters and signing autographs (2 shots)
GV Lynch's car away
GV Countryside PAN TO cows
GV Cowe (2 shots)
GV Shoop (2 shots)
SV Building site board, PAN TO nearly-completed building
SV Factory signs (4 shots)
GTV PAN Agricultural machinery
SV Heavy machinery
SV Cara (4 shots)
SV People walk through exhibits
SV Sign "Europe--a market to sell more at good prices"
SV sides of pork TILT DOWN TO refrigeration display
SV Sacka of eniens
SCU Apples in boxes
CU Irish chooses sign, PULL BACK TO case of cheases.
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Background: After centuries of struggling to break free from Britain, the Irish must now decide whether to join a larger Europe. The decision will be made at a referendum on Wednesday (10 May) when the country's 1,700,000 voters will be asked whether they want to join the European Common Market. Campaigning for and against has been brisk--and advocates of both views believe that the decision will greatly affect Ireland's agriculture and growing industry.
Both the Government party, Fianna Fail, and the main opposition party, Fine Gael, are solidly pro-Market. Opponents include the minority Labour Party, trades union leaders and the outlawed Irish Republican Army (IRA) which is now battling to remove Northern Ireland from British rule.
Prime Minister Jack Lynch has used nationalist as well as the more familiar economic arguments in his campaign to enlist support for the Market. His referendum manifesto says that joining Europe will give Ireland a chance to break its economic dependence on Britain--a tie that has lingered long after political freedom was won for the South.
But his officials stress that Ireland has little choice but the join the Market if Britain goes in. The British consume more than 80 per cent of the food Irish farmers produce and buy nearly 70 per cent of manufactured products. Government officials say it would be disastrous for Ireland to be cut off from Britain by tariff walls. But, they add, joining the Market would open the way for Irish exports to range over Western Europe.
The Government also says the Market would lessen the barriers between the Republic and British-controlled Northern Ireland. Otherwise, they say, there could be an international border between the two parts of Ireland.
The traditionally-minded nationalist minority say that joining Europe would mean they surrendering of sovereignty just when Republican guerrillas believe they're on the verge of establishing a united, independent nation.
Anti-Marketeers north and south of the border complain that ??? will rise and small farmers will be ruined as land is turned into great ranches to support European beef herds.
They also predict that smaller industries will collapse before ??? advance of European giants and that many Irish workers will emigrate to Europe leaving Ireland as little more than a tourists' backwater.
Opinion polls say the Irish will, in the end, give a big "yes" ??? market. But political observers remember that opinion polls in Ireland can turn out to be wrong.