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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 13 Jul 1972

Vol. 262 No. 9

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Northern Ireland Situation.


asked the Taoiseach the protests, if any, or representations he has made to the British Government over the many deaths by shooting which have taken place since the ceasefire by the IRA which commenced two weeks ago.


asked the Taoiseach whether any initiatives are under consideration on the situation resulting from the breakdown of the ceasefire in the North.


asked the Taoiseach if he will make a statement on the deteriorating situation in Northern Ireland.

With your permission, a Cheann Chomhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 3 together.

I have already dealt with the substance of these questions in my opening statement in this morning's debate.

Is the Taoiseach aware that when the ceasefire was broken the announcement was made in Dublin? What action has the Taoiseach taken to put down illegal organisations in our midst? Is the Taoiseach not aware that if this continues this country will be turned into another Jordan?

The Deputy has seen what the Government are doing.

The Deputy may have heard what the Government are doing. Is the Taoiseach aware that there is double-talk and double-action and very little being done despite the talk of the Taoiseach and some Ministers?

Is the Deputy not aware that prosecutions have been taken against some of the people who make these statements?

Is the Taoiseach aware that we should have only one commander-in-chief and that self-styled people are being interviewed on RTE as commanders-in-chief of illegal organisations? What is the Taoiseach doing about that? Is the Taoiseach further aware that RTE can get in contact with them at short notice? Is the Taoiseach not aware that we should have only one Army and one commander-in-chief?

Since the Taoiseach's speech is not yet available in writing and since, unfortunately, it was not heard by me this morning, perhaps the Taoiseach might be able to indicate whether in fact representations or protests were made to the British Government as I have asked in Question No. 1.

I indicated in the course of my speech this morning that our concern about these deaths on all sides was continuously being conveyed to the British Government.