In Belfast on Friday (13 August), Norther Ireland's Prime Minister Brian Faulkner denounced the Prime Minister of the Irish Republic for calling for the abolition of the Stormont Government.
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TRANSCRIPT SEQ 1: MR. FAULKNER: "It is now time to expose for what it is, the cant and the hypocrisy of Mr. Lynch's government to the illegal army, which is now engaged in murderous battle with British troops, our troops, in a part of the United Kingdom. This organisation is based in the Irish Republic. It trains and it organises in the Irish Republic. It sends across the border from the Irish Republic the explosives, the arms and the ammunition intended to kill and intended to maim Ulster people. It enjoys, by and large in the Irish Republic, a safe haven and an atmosphere of approval in which, for example, courts all too frequently turn a blind eye towards blatantly illegal activity. Mr. Lynch has been too widely accepted as a well-meaning moderate. Moderation, which masks covert approval of the use of force is hypocrisy, and moderation which constantly trims to the users of force is the merest weakness. There are, in the Dublin parliament, other man than Mr. Lynch, who have not feared to speak out plainly and to demand real action against the terrorist organisation, which as Mr. Lynch well knows, threatens democracy in the whole of Ireland."
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Background: In Belfast on Friday (13 August), Norther Ireland's Prime Minister Brian Faulkner denounced the Prime Minister of the Irish Republic for calling for the abolition of the Stormont Government.
Jack Lynch, the Prime Minister of the Irish Republic, called for replacement of the Stormont Government by an impartial alternative assembly or commission. In his statement on Thursday night (12 August), Mr. Lynch said that it was the only way to bring an end to violence and bloodshed.
Mr. Faulkner described Mr. Lynch's speech as "extraordinary" and accused him of being "irresponsible and opportunist". He lashed out in particular at what he called the Republican Government's attitude to the Irish Republican Army (IRA) -- an organisation, Mr. Faulkner said, which was engaged in murderous battle with British troops. On Monday (9 August) he invoked the province's power of internment without trial, in order to crush the IRA.