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    The decision by British Prime Minister Mr. Edward Heath to impose direct rule on Northern?

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    GV EXT. ZOOM IN entrance door of Prime Minister's residence in Downing Street. London.

    CU INT. Heath speaking

    IN: "Last Wednesday..OUT: "...live in peace."

    SCU INT. Faulkner speaking (SILENT)

    SCU Faulkner speaking.

    IN: "We in the Government...."

    OUT: "....as a whole."

    GV PAN demonstrators through street.

    SOUND -- off-camera reporter's narration over film.

    IN: "The mainly Protestant ship-yard workers....."

    MV & CU Security forces watching (2 shots)

    Reporter's narration continues over.

    GV & MV ZOOM OUT TO GV Marchers (2 shots).

    Reporter's narration out: "...across the river."

    MV EXT. Lynch at news conference. (SILENT)

    SCU Lynch speaking

    IN: "I regard..." OUT: "......will prevail."

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: HEATH: "Last Wednesday, I put these proposals to Mr. Faulkner. First, that the United Kingdom Government should take over responsibility for law and order in Northern Ireland. Second, that there should be a gradual reduction in internment beginning with those internees who could be released without unacceptable risks. Third, that the people of Northern Ireland should be given the chance, as soon as it is practicable, and again at intervals later, to decide for themselves in a plebiscite, whether or not they want to remain in the United These were the proposals which I put to Mr. Faulkner on Wednesday. He had hoped that he and his colleagues might see their way clear to accepting them. I was very sorry when he told me they could not continue as the government of Northern Ireland if responsibility for law and order were transferred to Westminster. These measures are not in themselves the final answer. Our aim is to make it possible for the people of Northern Ireland to come together, to discuss their future, and to crate by agreement the conditions in which the communities can live in peace."

    SEQ. 4: FAULKNER: "We in the Government have preferred to give up our offices rather than surrender what we regard as a vital principle. We've had a grave disagreement with the United Kingdom Government, and we've endeavoured to conduct that disagreement with dignity and in the way that will least damage the Ulster we love and the United Kingdom s a whole."

    REPORTER (OFF CAMERA): "The mainly Protestant shipyard workers downed tools and started marching as soon as they heard the news from London. Several thousand turned out...the first to take to the streets today, although there have been other reports of demonstrations in the City, including a token stoppage by some airport workers. Like all other marches, this one too was illegal, but security forces merely kept a wary eye on them. The marchers kept well away from sensitive areas, and it stayed orderly. And after they'd registered their protest for just over an hour, the men returned to their shipyard across the river."

    SEQ. 9: LYNCH: "I regard the initiative of Mr. Heath and his government as a step further in seeking a lasting solution to the remaining problem in Anglo-Irish relations. I implore sections of the community, north and south, to consider the proposals maturely and digestively so as to avoid further tragic suffering in Northern Ireland involving innocent people, and making it possible for all Irishmen to build a new way forward towards a society in which peace, justice, and friendship and understanding will prevail."

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    available in Betacam

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    Background: The decision by British Prime Minister Mr. Edward Heath to impose direct rule on Northern Ireland was greeted with dismay by Northern Ireland Prime Minister Mr. Brian Faulkner -- who's resigned along with is entire Government -- and by Protestants generally in the territory. But across the border in the independent Irish Republic, Prime Minister Mr. Jack Lynch welcomed the news as "a step further" in seeking lasting solution to the troubles which have plagued Northern Ireland for decades.

    Mr. Heath's initiative, which he announced in Parliament in London on Friday (March 24) and later in a television broadcast, includes direct rule of Northern Ireland from London, including responsibility for law and order; a decrease in the internment without trial of suspected alleged terrorists; and plebiscites in Northern Ireland to allow the people there to decide whether they want to remain part of Britain.

    This production is a compilation of Mr. Heath's public announcement; reaction from Mr. Faulkner and Mr. Lynch; and a protest march by mainly Protestant workers through the streets of Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland. Sequences showing the march are covered by voice-on-film commentary from an off-camera reporter on the spot.

    SYNOPSIS: Britain's Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Heath, confirmed publicly on Friday that Britain is to impose direct rule on Northern Ireland, whose Government ha earlier resigned in protest at the measure.

    At the same time Northern Irish Premier Mr. Faulkner explained why he'd resigned.

    Meanwhile, Mr. Faulkner's supporters demonstrated in protest...BRING UP VOICE-ON-FILM COMMENTARY.

    But across the border in the independent Irish Republic, Prime Minister Mr. Jack Lynch was more optimistic.

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