A description showing how developments in Northern Ireland in the 1960s lay the foundations of the Troubles. We see the leaders of Northern Ireland (Terence O’Neill) and the Republic of Ireland (Sean Lemass) meeting in friendship, alarming some Unionists. Ian Paisley is shown leading protests against O’Neill’s actions. The action then moves to focus on the emergence of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland and the ways in which the state reacted. The violent response of the police to a civil rights march in 1968 is documented with some graphic footage.

This clip is from:
Six Counties
First broadcast:
17 February 1981

Start by asking students whether they feel that the right to protest should have no boundaries. Use the clip as stimulus to ask students to prepare a report for a TV news report to broadcast somewhere in Europe, in a country which knows little about Northern Ireland, about the scenes they have witnessed. Before writing their report, ask students to consider the following questions: "What was the civil rights situation in Northern Ireland are the time? Are the police (RUC) protecting or defending civil rights?"