Fintona. A Study of Housing Discrimination

Fintona. A Study of Housing Discrimination

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10min 09sec




16mm, film

black and white


National Film and Television Archive


Dept Foreign Affairs, Dublin, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

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Irish Government-sponsored film alleging anti-Catholic housing discrimination in Fintona, Co.Tyrone. The first 3 minutes of this film is voiceover with no moving images.


This film was 'shot in part with a hidden camera, in Co Tyrone. It alleged anti-Catholic discrimination in the allocation of housing by the unionist councils of that county. The film was distributed by the Anti-Partition League in London and was shown to British audiences. The Northern Ireland government complained that this 'overt interference by a 'friendly' govenment in the internal affairs of another country was intolerable'. In due course the British Ambassador to Dublin lodged a protest about the film with the Secretary of the Department of External Affairs. What was also of concern to the Northern Ireland Ireland Cabinet was that this film was the first in a proposed series of documentaries. The next one was due to deal with the gerrymandering of elections by unionists in Northern Ireland. This film was never made. Fianna Fail was once again replaced by a coalition government following the 1954 general election.' Source: Kevin Rockett, Luke Gibbons and John Hill, Cinema and Ireland, Routledge, London, 1988.

Shot List

00:00 - 02:55 Voiceover title 'Housing Discrimination' detailing the unfair allocation of housing in Northern Ireland based on religious and political grounds. 02:55 'A Pictorial Record made in Fintona, Co. Tyrone, 1953. Issued by Information Division Department of External Affairs, Dublin.' 03:12 Horse drawn tram on train tracks. General views of terraced housing with families outside. General views of new housing.


Issued by Information Division. Department of External Affairs, Dublin


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