An Interview with Eddie McAteer, November 1965

An Interview with Eddie McAteer,  November 1965

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Location

Belfast, Havelock House

Year

1965

Date

Production 19/11/1965

Length

10min 16sec

Audio

sound

Format

16mm

black and white

Source

Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Archiving Scheme 2

Courtesy

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Department for Communities, ITV, UTV Archive

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

A very interesting and relevant interview with Eddie McAteer, leader of the Nationalist Party. He is realistic about his party‚Äôs chances in the upcoming election, given the dominance of the Ulster Unionist Party. We see the interviewer Robin Walsh rehearse the questions he would put to Mr McAteer.  

Eddie McAteer was first elected as an Nationalist Party MP in 1945. He would hold various seats in the Derry region until he lost his Foyle seat to John Hume of the SDLP in 1969. 

The Nationalist Party did not become one political party until 1966. Before that, candidates stood under a Nationalist Party umbrella. Prior to Eddie McAteer, Joe Devlin was its most successful politician. In 1965, the Nationalist Party agreed to become the official opposition party in the House of Commons and thereafter became heavily involved in the Civil Rights movement.  

Credits

An Ulster Television Production.

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