CBS Evening News for Sunday, Oct 23, 1977
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(Studio) Carter administration elevates North Ireland conflict to important position on agenda of national disputes.
REPORTER: Morton Dean
(DC) On Saint Patrick's Day, 1976, New York City has annual parade and Jimmy Carter is there campaigning, but probably not thinking about North Ireland conflict. At same time, then-prime Min. of Ireland Liam Cosgrave warns that Americans must stop sending money to North Ireland because it's buying guns. [COSGRAVE - says money Americans send to Irish cause in whatever way is going for weapons that are killing persons from all denominations.] [Speaker Tip O'NEILL - had always given to IRA, thinking it right to do so and that money went to hospitals and such. Now must face fact that it didn't.] This yr., by Saint patrick's Day, O'Neill leads coalition calling on administration to declare policy partiality towards North Ireland; others backing him include New York Governor Hugh Carey, and Senators Daniel Moynihan and Edward Kennedy. After secret mtgs., president issues carefully worded statement; this shown and quoted. [O'NEILL - notes Carter is sympathetic to human rights. Thinks United States can help rebuild cntry.]
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
(Belfast, North Ireland) Civil servants in Dublin said to have opened up diplomatic front several years ago in order to persuade Irish-American leaders to convince Irish-American people that peace in Ireland is possible. Dr. Conor Cruise O'Brien is outspoken moderate member of Parliament and says new rhetoric from Washington, DC could hamper support for IRA. [O'BRIEN - says average American who might send few dollars to help free Ireland might change mind if he thinks president and others don't think it's good idea.] In Belfast, Protestant extremists would like to see Carter policy dry up support for IRA, so long as it doesn't interfere with own paramil. group, called UDA. Protestant militants aren't happy with what they see as implied threat: that they must agree to share power with minority Catholics or there'll be no United States investments in country [Reverend Ian PAISLEY - resents any leader of any country saying to people of Ulster that they'll get economic aid if they do as foreign nation wants.] Andreas O'Callaghan is spokesperson for political arm of repb. movement, that embraces IRA. [O'CALLAGHAN - cites own views of reason for Carter statement, with regard to Irish-American feeling that North Ireland human rights were being ignored by both British government and Irish Republic government] Some political compromise may be possible now, but IRA (Irish Republican Army) says it will fight on.
REPORTER: Mike Lee