The Irish Prime Minister, Mr. Jack Lynch, called at No. 10 Downing Street for talks?
SV ZOOM IN TO CU Irish Premier Jack Lynch speaking at news conference
Lynch speaking (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: LYNCH: "In my opinion, and I have expressed this publicly already, and I've expressed today to Mrs. Thatcher that one must get at the cause first, and the effects, too of course -- horrifying though these effects are. But I believe that it will not be possible to make progress in any sense in the north of Ireland unless the reason, and cause, is tackled -- and that means a political movement forward. There must be substantial talks on political development. The situation can't be permitted to drag on as it is. For me to put forward suggestions, could for many reasons be counter productive. I would prefer that these suggestions would come from the British Government, with due regard for proposals made on our side...I think that would get a far better chance of being acceptable on both sides of the community, if it's done in that way."
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Background: The Irish Prime Minister, Mr. Jack Lynch, called at No. 10 Downing Street for talks with the British Prime Minister, Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, after both leaders had attended Lord Mountbatten's funeral service at London's Westminster Abbey on Wednesday (5 September). The two Premiers discussed the situation in Northern Ireland in the light of the recent killings of Lord Mountbatten, members of his family and 18 soldier.s A communique released after the talks said Mr. Lynch and Mrs. Thatcher were determined to stamp out 'terrorism'. They said Lord Mountbatten's murder required the present cooperation on security to be substantially improved. Both governments are said to have made a number of suggestions which will now be actively followed up.
SYNOPSIS: After their talks, Mr. Lynch elaborated on his views at a news conference, where he struck a more cautious note.