The situation remains tense between Protestant and Roman Catholic factions in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and British Troops face allegations of looting and unnecessary damage during a house to house search.
The situation remains tense between Protestant and Roman Catholic factions in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and British Troops face allegations of looting and unnecessary damage during a house to house search. Now the unofficial visit to the city's trouble spots by the Irish Republic's foreign Minister Dr. Patrick Hillery, has sparked off angry reactions both in London and Belfast.
The trip was made by Dr. Hillery who announced in Dublin that the had driven to the Falls Road district of belfast to meet the people there. The Falls Road district was the scene of recent clashes between residents and British troops.
He had not informed the British or Northern Ireland authorities of his coming, and Northern Ireland Prime Minister james Chichester-Clark reached by saying he was astounded that any Foreign Minister Should "show such a lack of courtesy".
Major Chichester-Clark added: "I cannot regard such a visit as helpful and I deplore it".
One of Dr. Hillery's declared aims is to get the support of other countries in persuading Britain to ban a series of parades by Northern Ireland's majority Protestants.
The parades - annual marches by bowler-hatted, banner carrying local branches of the Protestant Orange Order - are due to begin this weekend, and there are fears that the result will be further clashes between Protestants and Catholics.
The marches commemorate a Protestant victory over Catholics at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
Orangemen leaders have already reacted strongly against suggestions that the marches should be called off.
Major Chichester-Clark has said he would be relieved if the marches were called off - but all the same, he would probably be joining in one himself.
In London the British Foreign Minister, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, said that Dr. Hillery's visit had magnified the difficulties of those who were working so hard for peace and harmony in Northern Ireland.
At an interview in Dublin today (July 7), Dr. Hillery was informed of the British Foreign Secretary's view on his unannounced visit to Belfast by a reporter;