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Northern Ireland #223217

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 30, 1972
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(Studio) More bombings, gun fights reported in North Ireland. Militant provisional wing of IRA (Irish Republican Army) says cease-fire called by official wing is surrender. Provisionals vow to fight on.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Belfast, North Ireland) Old songs of Irish Republican struggles still stir emotions of Catholics in the 6 counties. Names Connally, Pierce, and Plunkett evoke reverence for republicans as they have since Easter rebellion of 1916. [April 2, 1972, IRA (Irish Republican Army) parade shown.] IRA (Irish Republican Army) has evoked similar sympathy in efforts to reunite Ireland, until recently. Divisions appear in attitudes of Catholic community. [Clergymen urges parishioners to sign petition demanding cease-fire.] [Catholic political leader, Gerald FITT - wants IRA (Irish Republican Army) to stop military campaign.] New British administration of William Whitelaw affects public opinion in Catholic ghettos. Hated Protestant government is gone. Many Catholic internees have been freed. British soldiers ordered to avoid confrontation. Public Advisory Commission with Protestants and Catholics established. [Catholic leader, Tom CONATY - says Catholic community respects Whitelaw, wants IRA (Irish Republican Army) to give peace a chance.] IRA (Irish Republican Army) also loses public support for its military mistakes. Shooting of Catholic woman angered her neighbors. [March 30, 1972, funeral shown.] Catholic woman organize peace movement [Catholic woman calls for end of IRA violence.] [British Secretary of State for North Ireland, William WHITELAW - says people are now prepared to speak up for peace.]
REPORTER: John Laurence

Reporter(s):
Laurence, John;
Mudd, Roger
Duration:
00:02:40

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