In Dublin on Thursday (12 August), Prime Minister Jack Lynch called for the abolition of the Stormont' Government in Northern Ireland and accused it of responsibility for recurring violence there.
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 1): MR. LYNCH: "The case can be simply stated. There exists in Northern Ireland, a government whose main concern appears to be to meet the wishes and demands of the most extreme elements within the unionist community. That government is held by one of the participants in the Downing Street Declaration, which guaranteed equality of treatment for everyone in Northern Ireland, irrespective of political views or religion. During the two years which have elapsed, the implementation of that declaration has been delayed and distorted. Whatever were the intentions involved in the declaration, it now has no credibility for the non-unionist population as they can see the extent of the influence, and even control exercised on the Stormont. Government by unionist extremists. In these circumstances, we are satisfied that as an immediate object of political action, the Stormont Government should be replaced by an administration in which power and decision-making would be equally shared between unionists and non-unionists. The Stormont regime, which has consistently repressed the non-unionist population, and their responsibility for recurring violence in the Northern community, must be brought to an end. We call on all Irish people - north and south - who are opposed both to repression and violence, to join together in political action aimed at this objective."
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Background: In Dublin on Thursday (12 August), Prime Minister Jack Lynch called for the abolition of the Stormont' Government in Northern Ireland and accused it of responsibility for recurring violence there. In a statement following a day-long cabinet meeting on the Northern Ireland crisis, Mr. Lynch said the Stormont Government should be replaced by an administration in which decisions were made by both unionist and non-unionist legislators. The current Northern Ireland regime is unionist -- supporting the division of the North from the Irish Republic. Mr. Lynch said the Stormont' regime has repressed the non-unionist population and must be brought to an end.