• Short Summary

    in the eyes of Northern Ireland's Catholic minority, the reputation of British troops maintaining order in the province reached its lowest point with the deaths on 'bloody Sunday', January 30th, of 13 people in clashes between soldiers and civilians in Londonderry.

  • Description

    in the eyes of Northern Ireland's Catholic minority, the reputation of British troops maintaining order in the province reached its lowest point with the deaths on 'bloody Sunday', January 30th, of 13 people in clashes between soldiers and civilians in Londonderry.

    As a result the aims of the outlawed Irish Republican Army to drive the British troops out of the Province, and in the longer term to achieve a United Ireland, seem more realistic than ever before.

    This film highlights the activities of the IRA, showing them in training, displaying their illicit weapons, and taking their place with ordinary Catholics in venerating Irish patriot Sir Roger Casement.

    They originated as a continuation of the Sinn Feiners or Irish Republican Volunteers, who seceded from the Southern Irish Volunteers in 1914 over participation in the first World War.

    They received german co-operation in the Easter Rising of 1916, which was quickly quelled by the British, and fought the newly-created Irish Free State in the Civil War of 1922.

    Prime Minister Brian Faulkner's recent answer to them has been internment of the ringleaders, a policy hated by the Catholic minority. In the film he asks that outsiders should consider internment in its context.

    SYNOPSIS: Somewhere in the Irish Republic extremist Irish revolutionaries display illicit arms. These men claimed in 1970 that the Irish Republican Army, whose aim they share, was not showing enough militancy. The Claim can hardly still be made. Since then the bombings and killings attributed to the IRA by the Northern Ireland and British Governments have steadily mounted, despite the use of internment of suspected IRA ringleaders without trial.

    British troops, first introduced to try and restore order in 1969, have tended to lose the confidence of the Catholic minority as they met violence with violence in fighting the IRA. The British Army's reputation reached its lowest point with the deaths on 'bloody Sunday', January 30th. of 13 people in clashes with British soldiers in Londonderry.

    Violence attributed to the IRA has a long history dating back to the early Years of this century. Typical incidents were the bombing of Leicester Square Tube station.....

    ..... and of the Grand Union Canal over the North Circular Road. Both these London incidents were in 1939.

    The IRA has been outlawed int he south since 1931, but they share heroes like sir Roger Casement, whose remains were returned from England in 1965, with the ordinary Catholics of Eire. Sir Roger, executed for treason by the British in 1916, played a leading part in obtaining German co-operation for the Sinn Feiners in the Easter Rising of 1916. The Sinn Feiners had seceded Earlier from the Irish Republican Volunteers over participation in the First World War.

    Now their direct descendants, men like these IRA soldiers filmed in training in southern Ireland during 1969, have carried on the battle to recover the six counties in the north so successfully that their aim of a United Ireland is again being considered by the British Government as a subject for negotiation at some future Conference of all the interests involved in the Irish problem. The scale of the IRA's military effort has never been in doubt. It was strongly brought home by the interception in Amsterdam of four tons of Czechoslovakian arms destined for the IRA, traced and discovered in 1971 by the co-operation of the British and Dutch authorities.

    To combat the determination and professionalism of the IRA in the north, Prime Minister Brian Faulkner's controversial answer has been internment without trial. It is a policy hated by the Catholic minority, but he asks outsiders to understands in its context.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACWP46FMB47BUUTNDT10N820YY
    Media URN:
    VLVACWP46FMB47BUUTNDT10N820YY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/02/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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