NBC Evening News for Saturday, Jun 02, 1984
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(Studio) President Reagan's visit to Ireland noted underscoring United States reaction to North Ireland's problems.
REPORTER: Connie Chung
(Dublin, Ireland) Background to North Ireland's sectarian violence between Catholics and Protestants reviewed; films shown. [Irish Prime Min. Garret FITZGERALD - cites explosiveness of situation.] Recommendations of FitzGerald's commission, New Ireland Forum, outlined, discussed; exclusion of IRA and Sinn Fein from forum due to their reliance on violence noted. [Moderate Catholic leader John HUME - condemns extremists.] Opposition to unification by Protestant religious leaders such as Ian Paisley explained; Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher's apparent attitude toward unification mentioned. [REAGAN - is curious about Thatcher's reaction to forum recommendations.] Role of Irish-Americans in supporting unification movement noted. [IRA political wing spokesperson Gerry ADAMS - acknowledges support from Irish-Americans but not Reagan.] [Protestant SPOKESPERSON - believes Reagan is ignorant of facts.]
REPORTER: Emery King