The annual conference in Dublin of the ruling party of the Irish Republic, Fianna Fail, was interrupted throughout by critics of the Prime Minister, Mr.
GV & SV Mr. Kevin Bollan on rostrum
SV Pan politicians looking on, showing Prime Minister Lynch.
SV Mr. Bollan being dragged from rostrum and led away (3 shots)
GV Audience applauding as Mr. Lynch starts speech.
GV Audience applauding
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 5): AUDIENCE: "We recognise that the slow, difficult, painful and even dangerous process of continuously and unflinchingly holding out the hand of friendship to our countrymen in the north, is an essential step towards the goal of an Ireland in which all our people may live in peace, tolerance, respect, understanding and in unity. Applause. This result can only be postponed by every act of fresh aggression, which turns Irishmen against Irishmen. Applause. We know, that there are more and better people in the North than the rankling bigots, the bully boys with the bombs and with the tar and feathers. We know that there are moderate, peace and self-respecting good-fearing Christians, of all denominations trying to keep themselves and their families according to their beliefs and to live normal, neighbourly lives, irrespective not alone of the pressures arising from the tensions in Northern Ireland, but also those in modern society. All these people want to live at peace with one another, and we here want to live at peace with them. Applause.
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Background: The annual conference in Dublin of the ruling party of the Irish Republic, Fianna Fail, was interrupted throughout by critics of the Prime Minister, Mr. Jack Lynch. When the Prime Minister was able to begin his speech, he emphasised that the tension separating the two parts of Ireland did not reflect the wishes of the majority of the population, but was the results of the tactics of a few "rankling bigot, bully boys with the tar and feathers". This was an apparent allusion to the opposing religious groups in Northern Ireland, the Protestants and the Catholics.