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    The Irish Republic's Prime Minster, Mr. Jack Lynch, told newsmen at a press conference held?

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    GV Interior, Lynch seated with press (3 shots)

    CV Lynch speaking

    TRANSCRIPT SEQ 2: LYNCH: (5 seconds hubub) It would be wrong to say that I was unhappy with the outcome of the talks because I've had the opportunity in these several hours of hearing Mr. Heath's point of view and he had the opportunity of hearing mine. I think I filled him completely into the picture...he knows exactly where our attitude is towards the position of the North of Ireland...the attitude being that this is a momentous situation. The law that was imposed 50 years ago, an attempt to democratise us on the lines of democracy in the United Kingdom, to impose a parliamentary system on us as operates in Westminster...so that was not possible in the kind of community that existed by reason of the polarisation of the communities...only one side would be permanently in government. I said that wasn't healthy democracy...that a government who had no fear of being dislodged could not be a good government, indeed has turned out to be so. Therefore I felt that some other means, some other structure of government as has been devised in other countries where there have been racial, religious, linguistic differences...in fact all three in some cases...for example Switzerland places like the Netherlands and Belgium, they have devised forms of government suited to the divisive kind of communities that exist there. I believe the Stormont government as a start at least should be restructured on these lines.

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    Background: The Irish Republic's Prime Minster, Mr. Jack Lynch, told newsmen at a press conference held at the Irish Embassy in London on Tuesday (7 Sept) that he had been glad of the opportunity to express Eire's views on the Northern Ireland crisis during two days of talks with Britain's Prime Minister Mr. Heath at Chequers. He was unhappy however that Mr. Heath had disagreed with the peace initiatives he had suggested. Although not specifying what these initiatives had been, Mr. Lynch said he looked forward to further "useful" talks with Mr. Heath.

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