• Short Summary

    Pope John Paul II has decided not to include Northern Ireland in his Irish tour later next month.

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    SCU British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher talking to patient in hospital in Belfast (2 shots)
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    TGV Thatcher doing walk-around (2 shots)
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    CU Thatcher talking to people in street (2 shots)
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    SCU Police cordoning off crowds as Thatcher talks to woman (2 shots)
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    5.
    SV Thatcher listening as woman shouts angrily at her (2 shots)
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    6.
    SV Thatcher surrounded by security talks to and enters helicopter (2 shots)
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    GV British army barracks with armed soldiers guarding (2 shots)
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    SV PAN Thatcher leaving barracks, boarding helicopter
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    9.
    SV Thatcher meeting officers of Ulster Constabulary (3 shots)
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    10.
    SV DUBLIN: Irish Ministers arriving for cabinet meeting (3 shots)
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    SV INTERIOR Cabinet meeting in progress
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    GV Brabourne family arriving by helicopter at hospital in Sligo, Eire (2 shots)
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    CU Soldier with gun guarding in front of hospital
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    SV Lord Mountbatten's grandson Norton Knatchbull and fiance Penelope Eastwood leaving hospital (2 shots)
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    TRANSCRIPT: MIRCHANDANI: "Belfast was the first stop. It's both a civilian and a military hospital, and it's a place that has healed many who have been injured, burned and wounded in bomb attacks and sniper fire. Nearly fifteen hundred civilians and over three hundred and twenty soldiers have lost their lives in the ten years of the troubles.



    "Her walkabout in Donegal Place Belfast's main shopping centre, was certainly the Nighlight of the day, and the danger to her was more from the ??? of the crowds and the pressmen ??? anything else.



    "She had come ??? to discover the feelings of the people and both sides had their say...



    "Having heard from the people, it was time to move on to Portadown where she had lunch with the troops and a briefing by the army. From here, in combat jacket and a sombre mood she was the first Prime Minister to visit Crossmaglen, a place that's been called the heart of bandit country. The Queen's Own Highlanders are based here and in the Warren appoint massacre they lost two men --- one the commanding officer Colonel David Blair. This part of South Armagh is called Provo country and most of the army movement is by helicopter alone.



    "The final visit was for an extensive briefing by the police -- this time by the Chief Constable at the Royal Ulster Constabulary."



    MCKAY: "The Irish cabinet met in emergency session today (29 August) to review security and consider what immediate steps might be taken. They decided to offer a reward of one hundred thousand pounds for information leading to the capture of Lord Mountbatten's killers."



    KENDALL: "Lord Mountbatten's grandson, mr Norton Knatchbull and his fiancee Miss Penny Eastwood, Arrived by helicopter at Sligo hospital this afternoon (29 August), to visit his parents and brother who are still recovering from Monday's attack. His father, Lord Brabourne and brother, fourteen year old Timothy are said tonight to be satisfactory but Lady Brabourne, although making progress, is still seriously ill."




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    REPORTER: PRAKASH MIRCHANDANI/MIKE MCKAY/KENNETH KENDALL

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Pope John Paul II has decided not to include Northern Ireland in his Irish tour later next month. A vatican spokesman said today (29 August) that in view of the murders of twenty two people on Monday (27 August) the Pope would not visit the troubled British province. Meanwhile British British Minister Margaret Thatcher made a spontaneous and defiant decision to go to Ireland on Wednesday (29 August), after a briefing from the Northern Ireland Secretary Mr. Humphrey Atkins on Monday's bombings. Mrs. Thatcher is taking personal charge of the government's response to Lord Mountbatten's assassination and the killing of eighteen soldiers on Monday. She arrived in Belfast unannounced, and then went right to the frontline territory of South Armagh.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAOIO0M7XGZMBJ9GY16H0XL3EK
    Media URN:
    VLVAAOIO0M7XGZMBJ9GY16H0XL3EK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/08/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:48:00
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    N/A

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