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Extract from a Newspaper Interview with
Lord Brookeborough, 30 October 1968
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Extract from a newspaper interview with Lord Brookeborough (LB), ex-Premier
of Northern Ireland, 30 October 1968
Interview and report by Dennis Kennedy (then a reporter with The Irish Times)
Q: Have the persistent allegations of discrimination
against Catholics in the North worried you?
LB: Yes, one doesn't like the idea. But I would like
to make this plain. The Nationalists always say there is discrimination
against the Roman Catholics. Well, there is no discrimination
against Roman Catholics qua Roman Catholics, because they worship
in a different way. What there is, is a feeling of resentment
that most, and let me emphasise the word most, that most Roman
Catholics are anti-British and anti-Northern Ireland. This is
nothing to do with religion at all. But there is this feeling
of resentment that here is a man who is out to destroy Northern
Ireland if he can possibly do it. That I think, is it. They say
'Why aren't we given more higher positions?' But how can you give
somebody who is your enemy a higher position in order to allow
him to come and destroy you?
Q: Are you not talking in terms of what might have been
true in the 1920s?
LB: No, I'm sure it still holds. I'm perfectly certain
that if they got a chance they would push Northern Ireland into
Q: Is it not the democratic right of anyone in Northern
Ireland to be a Nationalist and an anti-Partitionist?
LB: Yes, absolutely his democratic right.
Q: And therefore, to expect completely equal treatment
from the state?
LB: Well, it's very difficult to answer that, but surely
nobody is going to put an enemy where he can destroy you?
Q: Even if he is going to use constitutional methods to
LB: No. I wouldn't.
Source: Kennedy, Denis. (1968). 'Lord Brookborough', Irish Times, page 14, 30 October 1968