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Northern Ireland #71774

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 22, 1981
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(Studio) Elecs. in North Ireland reported as barometer of popular feeling re: Protestant Catholic conflict there.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Belfast, North Ireland) Mood said tending toward extremism. Deaths of Bobby Sands, Francis Hughes, Raymond McCreesh, and Patsy O'Hara recalled. Incrd. violence noted; scenes shown. [Br. Prime Min. Margaret THATCHER - opposes special privilege for callous murderers.] IRA (Irish Republican Army) stance said firm, opposition incring. as more strikers die. [Sinn Fein Richard McAULEY - predicts stronger IRA (Irish Republican Army) sympathy due to hunger strikes.] Ian Paisley, called Protestant extremist, and others like him said faring well in elecs. Re: hunger strikes [WOMAN - is cheered by striker's deaths.] Though yet no civil war as predicted, North Ireland said further from peace.
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs

Dobbs, Greg;
Jennings, Peter

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