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1977

Series looking at key years in the history of Northern Ireland using footage, archive and the musical hits of the time. This episode takes a look back at 1977.


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MUSIC

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GENTLE GUITAR MUSIC

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# I can tell by your eyes

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# That you probably...

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# Been cryin' forever... #

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APPLAUSE

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When we look around here,

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there's not even enough people here

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to comfort those who have died.

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So our peace movement is still just conceived in our hearts.

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# I don't wanna...

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# Talk about it...

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# How you broke my heart

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# If I stay here

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# Just a little bit longer

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# If I stay here, won't you listen... #

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I would ask you all to observe a two-minute silence

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in respect of the memory of Jeff Fagan.

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# Whoa, heart...

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# If I stand all alone

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# Will the shadow

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# Hide the colour of my heart?

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# Blue for the tears

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# Black for the night's fears... #

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MUSIC: Watching The Detectives by Elvis Costello

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He looked at me, and he said, "So, you're Bernard O'Connor.

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"Man, but you're an insignificant-looking bastard."

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And, er, that...

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set me back for a bit.

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# She is watching the detectives... #

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One of our members was killed, we believe,

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as a result of that programme.

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You're clearly very critical of the Tonight programme.

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I would've felt that the BBC had a responsibility

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to protect the lives of our members.

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Lord Faulkner was the guest today of the County Down stag house,

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he normally rides with the ivy hunt.

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They'd spent about two hours chasing their quarry, a stag,

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which is when they came to this point,

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this twisty road, this bridge,

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that the accident happened.

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MUSIC: Oxygene Part 4 by Jean Michel Jarre

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What makes it, a philosophy student, choose a Ku Klux Klan outfit?

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-It's nothing intellectual!

-LAUGHTER

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Just for the fun.

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MUSIC: BELFAST by Boney M

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# Belfast

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# Belfast

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# Belfast

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# Got to have a believin'

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# Got to have a believin'

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# Got to have a believin'

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# All the people

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# Cos the people are leavin'

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# When the people believin'

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# When the people believin'

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# When the people believin'

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# All the children, cos the children are leavin'

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CHEERING

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# Belfast

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# Belfast!

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# When the country rings the leaving bell you're lost

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# Belfast

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# Belfast!

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# When the hate you have

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# For one another's past... #

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Everybody puts it that it's fixed, and things like that.

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-Is it not?

-No.

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Did you think it was?

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Well, I wasn't sure.

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Well, do you want me to take you in the ring now and show...?

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No, no. No, thank you. Thank you.

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MELANCHOLY MUSIC

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MUSIC: In The City by The Jam

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This is the old Stormont parliament.

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It was dominated by Protestants, who used it to dominate Catholics,

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and the Government took it away from them.

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The first demand of the strike leaders

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is that Stormont be given back to them.

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But the strike leaders want much more than that,

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a return to the B specials,

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deportation, special criminal courts,

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in fact, a wide range of repressive measures,

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all under their control, and this, the Government refuses to give them.

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In planning the strike, clergymen have been arriving here

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to sit at the same table

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as strong-armed men who run paramilitary organisations.

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But then, in Ulster, both groups have played a part

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in the present tragedy.

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Outside, a car and a Special Branch detective,

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paid for by the British taxpayer,

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waits for the Reverend Ian Paisley, who's a Westminster MP.

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He's upstairs, plotting against the British Government.

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MUSIC CONTINUES

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MUSIC DROWNS SPEECH

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# And I know what you're thinking

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# You still feel kind of crap

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# But you'd better listen, man... #

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Inside the GOC headquarters, if you like, is Andy Tyrie,

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an ex-territorial reservist,

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now blessed with the exalted title of Supreme Commander of the UDA.

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We do intend to get them by the throat and shake them,

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and take them back home again.

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We'll put obstacles in their way,

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but we're not really physical, mainly mental.

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Downstairs, Roddy is finding out

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which way around the map of Belfast is.

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And he's one Roddy McDonald, an ex-British Army soldier,

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and would you believe, he's another supreme commander.

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You're the supreme commander

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-in Scotland and England, are you?

-Yes.

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How many men have you brought with you?

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-TELEPHONE RINGS

-200.

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-200 men?

-Yes.

-All Scots?

-No.

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No, he's not.

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Mr Paisley?

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Is he here? Dr Paisley, it's only the one, really.

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-He is here.

-The Ulster people are supporting this strike.

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If I have no support, it will be seen.

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MUSIC: No More Heroes by The Stranglers

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# Whatever happened to...

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# Leon Trotsky?

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# He got an ice pick

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# That made his ears burn

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# Whatever happened to...

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# Dear old Lenny?

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# The great Elmyra?

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# And Sancho Panza?

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# Whatever happened to the heroes?

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# Whatever happened to the heroes?

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# Whatever happened to...

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# All the heroes?

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# All the Shakespearoes? #

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-Excuse me, are you closing up?

-Just for the afternoon.

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-Just for the half day?

-Yes.

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Is it a normal half day, or have you been asked to close?

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We're just all closing.

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-Everybody's closing?

-The whole town's closing now.

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-Why is that?

-Well, we've just been asked to close.

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Who have you been asked to close by?

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We've just been all asked to close, that's it.

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# No more heroes any more... #

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Look at that congregation. Why don't they drive through them?

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That's what I would do.

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There are a lot of people here. They're over there,

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they are intimidated, they're afraid to go in.

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What can I tell you? That is an absolute lie.

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What? Are you prepared to go in?

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That man there is a rebel from the south of Ireland.

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He's not a worker here at all.

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-Are you...?

-Is that who you're listening to?

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No, I'm listening to all the people.

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Anybody that wants to go in is quite free to go in.

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MUSIC CONTINUES

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We say to the security forces today,

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-lay off the Protestants!

-Yes!

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CHEERING

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Lay off the lot of us!

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CHEERING

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And get stuck into the IRA!

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CHEERING

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# No more heroes any more. #

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SLOW MUSIC

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The murder of the bus driver

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has indeed been the most sinister development since this strike began.

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Bus men have found themselves increasingly

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in the front line of the violence, threats and intimidation,

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nearly 20 of them being injured, and another man shot.

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# It won't be easy... #

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Harry Bradshaw had been at the wheel of his bus

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when he was shot dead.

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Such brutality on those who continue to work sapped the strike's support.

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Hundreds of Mr Bradshaw's colleagues,

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who themselves stopped work for three days

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as a form of protest and respect, were present at the funeral.

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I think it's a great pity

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that the efforts of the security forces should've been diverted

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these past two weeks from their prime task

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of defeating terrorism, and that of the IRA.

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The Provisionals must be laughing up their sleeves at the wreckers

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who have been doing their work for them.

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# I had to let it happen

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# I had to change... #

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The terse announcement is that the stoppage is halted.

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The ending of the stoppage coincided

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with the start of the Lord Mayor's show.

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Pretty girls in floats replaced pickets and barricades

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on the streets of Belfast.

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In the last 12 days, the Action Committees Campaign,

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which aimed at passive resistance to improve security,

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ended with three deaths, over 80 injured,

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nearly 2,000 reported threats of intimidation,

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and 115 people charged with criminal offences.

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CHEERING

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MUSIC: First Cut Is The Deepest by Rod Stewart

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For the last seven-and-a-half years here,

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we have been engaged mainly in the acquisition of intelligence

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to bring these thugs to book.

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And to produce the evidence for the RUC.

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I don't think I need say more than that.

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So it would've been normal then, for an officer like the captain

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to work alone in order to gain that intelligence?

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No, I wouldn't say that.

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It wasn't normal, and we're looking into the particular circumstances

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of this affair.

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# Baby, I'll try to love again but I know... #

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We've heard the claims of the IRA to have murdered my brother,

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although there's no confirmation of this effect.

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We've been very moved by Cardinal Hume's appeal

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for my brother's safe return,

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and we continue to hope and pray.

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MUSIC CONTINUES

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# I still want you by my side

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# Just to help me dry the tears that I've cried... #

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Such was the complexity of the case against one of the defendants,

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William Muir, a 28-year-old fitter from North Belfast,

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that he spent more than three quarters of an hour in the dark.

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The case covers a total of ten murders,

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committed in Protestant areas of north Belfast

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within the past 18 months.

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Eight of the victims were Catholics, and two of them were Protestants.

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In seven of the cases,

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the heads of the victims had almost been severed from their bodies.

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MUSIC: I Feel Love by Donna Summer

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Compared with what's going on here,

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every day, every night,

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the risks that people are taking here,

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the risk even that the peace people are taking getting involved

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in this kind of thing, it's infinitesimal.

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# I feel love...

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# I feel love... #

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I would advise, chaps, pull it down, if you can.

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-I ain't put it up, like.

-They've got one in Carol Street.

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Split it right in two, and throw it over there,

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and the bonfire last year, next three or four days.

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Never mind one day.

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-Last year it lasted three months.

-It's not every year.

-No chance.

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-We're not going to pull that down.

-No chance!

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MUSIC: Dreams by Fleetwood Mac

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# Now here you go again, you say

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# You want your freedom

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# Well, who am I to keep you down?

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# It's only right

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# That you should play the way you feel it... #

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How did they see him crawling across the ground?

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You know, running to the woman.

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She came out...

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The woman I just seen getting in the ambulance.

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INDISTINCT SPEECH

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So...

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-Was he carrying anything?

-No.

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-Why do you think he was shot?

-For nothing.

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MUSIC CONTINUES AND SIREN

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# And what you had...

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# And what you lost... #

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What sort of fashions are you finding

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that ladies are going for for the royal visit?

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Simple, elegant, like this two piece

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dress with matching jacket.

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Something similar to the Queen herself would wear.

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What about younger women?

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The younger women are wearing something similar

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to what Meg has on, the knitted look.

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Teamed up with a cap.

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This is once again simple but effective.

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MUSIC: God Save The Queen by Sex Pistols

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Fire!

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GUNSHOTS AND EXPLOSIONS

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# God save the Queen

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# The fascist regime

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# They made you a moron

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# A potential H bomb

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# God save the Queen

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# She ain't no human being

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# And there's no future

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# And England's dreaming

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# Don't be told what you want

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# And don't be told what you need

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# There's no future

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# No future

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# No future for you!

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# God save the Queen

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# We mean it, man

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# We love our Queen

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# God saves

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# God save the Queen

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# Cos tourists are money!

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# And our figurehead

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# Is not what she seems

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# Oh, God, save history

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# God save your mad parade

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# Oh, Lord God, have mercy

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# All crimes are paid

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# When there's no future

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# How can there be sin?

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# We're the flowers in the dustbin

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# We're the poison in your human machine

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# We're the future, your future

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# God save the Queen

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# We mean it, man

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# We love our Queen

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# God saves... #

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In this improving atmosphere,

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those with different beliefs and aspirations

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understand that if this community is to survive and prosper,

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they must live and work together in friendship and forgiveness.

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There is no place here for old fears and attitudes born of history.

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No place for blame for what is past.

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The funeral procession for Paul McWilliams

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passed by the spot where he'd been shot by a soldier on Tuesday.

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The army said they'd opened fire after he'd ignored warnings

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to stop throwing petrol bombs into a timber yard,

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but Republicans saw it as the murder of an innocent boy

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and they gave him a full IRA-style funeral.

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Prepare to fire.

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GUNS CLICK

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Fire!

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GUNSHOTS

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Prepare to fire.

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-Fire!

-GUNSHOTS

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The prison officers leader, Mr Desmond Irvine,

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had just driven off from a meeting

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when a gunman fired a burst at his car from a machinegun.

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He was struck in the head and died later in hospital.

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Mr Irvine had appeared on a recent edition

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of the independent television programme This Week,

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about the Maze prison, and I understand that the

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Northern Ireland Secretary of State expressed criticism to the IBA

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about Mr Irvine's participation.

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Among those attending

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were both the man whom British intelligence believe

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to be in control of all IRA operations in Northern Ireland

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and a number of members of the provisional IRA Army Council.

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Our organisation is very slow

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in involving itself in community affairs.

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And sometimes I think that perhaps we hope to free the people,

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whether they wish to be freed or not.

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# There's no pint in asking, you'll get no reply

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# Oh, just remember

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# Don't decide... #

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Your husband was arrested yesterday?

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Took the two children with him.

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-What age...? Took your two children with him?

-Yes.

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One's a four-year-old and the other one's a year old.

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# We're so pretty, oh, so pretty

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# We're vacant! #

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I just feel very, very humble

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that I have received this prize.

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I'm sure it should've gone to lots of other people.

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SHE CRIES

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-Come on...

-Do you think that now means

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that the three Maguire children did not die in vain?

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My nephews and nieces and all the other people in the

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last eight years, they didn't die in vain.

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At least, I think we've begun to give a reason why they died,

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to stop the war, not only here, but the wars around the world.

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DRAMATIC MUSIC

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MUSIC: Fanfare For The Common Man by Emerson, Lake & Palmer

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People are bound to ask, what are you going to do with the money?

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This is it, you see. They never did ask Martin Luther King or anybody else who had...

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Albert Schweitzer, what they're doing with the money.

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I really think they shouldn't be asking us either,

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because we haven't really made up our minds yet

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what's going to be done with it.

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But obviously you must have some idea of what projects that can be put to...

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Yes, but we haven't made up our minds fully, so we can't discuss it.

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MUSIC: Money Money Money by Abba

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# I work all night, I work all day

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# To pay the bills I have to pay

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# Ain't it sad?

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# And still there never seems to be

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# A single penny left for me

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# That's too bad

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# In my dreams, I have a plan

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# If I got me a wealthy man

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# I wouldn't have to work at all

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# I'd fool around and have a ball... #

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We feel humbled that we've got the recognition,

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but we accept it for all the little people

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who've been working always for peace,

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because the majority of our people in Northern Ireland,

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they're good, wonderful people, and it's their prize.

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MUSIC: Sound And Vision by David Bowie

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And all the men that's getting murdered...

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We're trying to do a lot.

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We're trying to do a lot now.

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That RUC fella, when are they going to do something for him?

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It's for the people themselves here, the politicians

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and those they represent,

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to decide the way they want it to go.

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We want it to go, we want it to succeed. Thank you all very much.

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# Ah...

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# Ah...

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The Greenan Lodge has paid the price of success.

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It couldn't be tolerated by the business wing

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of the provisional IRA,

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with whom it was in direct competition,

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and as such, it had to go.

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Wrecked all our homes for Christmas, that's what it has done.

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Our children won't have what they would have had

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if we had been working.

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These are unlicensed drinking clubs, and they're illegal.

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Shebeens have multiplied since the present conflict began.

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It's estimated that there are over 100 of them in Belfast alone.

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Against the background the Belfast problems,

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illegal drinking might seem a rather trivial matter,

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but there's more to it than that.

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These illegal shebeens are not just tatty, little, one-man businesses

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that have sprung up to fill the gaps left by bombed and burnt-out pubs.

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More often, they're an intricate and important part

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of the terrorist economy.

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# Don't give up on us, baby

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# Don't make the wrong

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# Seem right

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# The future isn't just one night

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# It's written in the moonlight

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# Painted on the stars

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# We can't change ours

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# Don't give up on us, baby

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# We're still worth one...

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# More try

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# I know we put a last one by

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# Just for a rainy evening

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# When maybe stars are few

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# Don't give up on us, I know

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# We can still come true. #

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Pop Goes Northern Ireland blends news footage, archive and the musical hits of the time to provide an enthralling and entertaining potted history of Northern Ireland dealing with our difficult past in a way that is entertaining, informative, fresh and accessible to all.

This week Pop Goes Northern Ireland focusses on 1977: A year which sees the government confront and defeat a Loyalist strike led by Ian Paisley and Ernest Baird, and backed by the UDA. Amidst tight security the Queen visits Northern Ireland as part of the silver jubilee celebrations.

It's also the year in which the Peace People's Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams receive the Noble Peace Prize.