Prime Minister Jack Lynch of the Irish Republic made his first statement to the press on Saturday (5 December) following his Government's surprise announcement that internment camps were being readied for possible internment without trial near an army base at Curragh, central Ireland.
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GV Sign Curragh Camp PAN TO LV.
GV PAN Barbed wire fences.
MV Sign "Danger"
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MV Sign "Restricted Area" PAN TO LV & GVs barbed wire fencing (4 shots)
GV & CU Sign "British Embassy", policemen patrolling outside (3 shots)
MV Mr. Lynch enters
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TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: "Mr. Lynch, do you expect any new development?"
LYNCH: "I'm not going to say anything more than was said yesterday."
QUESTION: "Have there been any arrests?"
LYNCH: "No there have been no arrests."
QUESTION: "Can you give any further details of policy...."
LYNCH: "No, there are questions in the Dail next week and anything further.."
QUESTION: "Do you expect any arrests?"
LYNCH: "Any further (arrests)? That, as I said, will be said in the Dial next week."
QUESTION: "You'll make a full disclosure in the Dail next week?"
LYNCH: "There's no question of disclosure. We'll make a statement and that's all there is to it."
QUESTION: "Will the government be invoking the Special Powers Act, do you think?"
LYNCH: "We have made a statement. I'm afraid I can't say any more. At this stage, I regret there's no more to be said. This is a social occasion."
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Background: Prime Minister Jack Lynch of the Irish Republic made his first statement to the press on Saturday (5 December) following his Government's surprise announcement that internment camps were being readied for possible internment without trial near an army base at Curragh, central Ireland.
The Government suggested that a terrorist plot had been uncovered in the Republic, and special emergency war measures were required.
In this first statement, Mr. Lynch said that no arrests had yet been made, and further information would be given in the Dail (Irish Parliament) next week.
Foreign diplomats, Irish politicians and other who might be potential kidnap victims were given special police watch in Dublin on Saturday (December 5), although there was no special guard on the British Embassy.
The Curragh camps were last used during the 1940's and early 1950's to hold large numbers of members of the outlawed Irish Republic Army (I.R.A.). They have not been since then.
Mr. Lynch said the Council of Europe had been informed of the government's decision to set up the camps because it conflicts with certain provisions of the European Convention of Human Rights.
in recent months there have been an increasing number of arrests following police discovery of illegal arms caches, particularly near the border with Northern Ireland, the British Province which refused to unite with the Republican South earlier this century.
Mr. Lynch, interviewed at a social function in Dublin, was reluctant to be questioned about his announcement.