Northern Ireland 1969 [The Documentary] [World Service]

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01Battle lines20191023

Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland yet never really understood how the Troubles started. Although the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement effectively brought peace in 1998, Ruth believes the fallout from the violence continues to cast a long shadow over a society which is still divided. Now Ruth returns to the same courtroom in Belfast where the Scarman Tribunal sat and begins to piece together the events of August 1969 when Northern Ireland spiralled out of control.

The Northern Irish Troubles began when civil disturbances tipped into widespread violence across a single week in August 1969. The bitter conflict between those who wanted Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom and those who wanted a united Ireland would go on for more than three decades and claim thousands of lives. While there is no definitive way of knowing exactly what happened during the week when violence erupted, the Scarman Tribunal sat soon after and compelled witnesses from all sides to give their account of the events which led to the breakdown of law and order and the British Army being deployed.

(Photo: Police battle with rioters in the Bogside area of Londonderry 14 August 1969. Credit: PA)

How the violence of the Northern Ireland Troubles began in August 1969

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

01Battle lines2019102320191024 (WS)

Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland yet never really understood how the Troubles started. Although the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement effectively brought peace in 1998, Ruth believes the fallout from the violence continues to cast a long shadow over a society which is still divided. Now Ruth returns to the same courtroom in Belfast where the Scarman Tribunal sat and begins to piece together the events of August 1969 when Northern Ireland spiralled out of control.

The Northern Irish Troubles began when civil disturbances tipped into widespread violence across a single week in August 1969. The bitter conflict between those who wanted Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom and those who wanted a united Ireland would go on for more than three decades and claim thousands of lives. While there is no definitive way of knowing exactly what happened during the week when violence erupted, the Scarman Tribunal sat soon after and compelled witnesses from all sides to give their account of the events which led to the breakdown of law and order and the British Army being deployed.

(Photo: Police battle with rioters in the Bogside area of Londonderry 14 August 1969. Credit: PA)

How the violence of the Northern Ireland Troubles began in August 1969

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

01Battle Lines2019102320191024 (WS)Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland yet never really understood how the Troubles started. Although the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement effectively brought peace in 1998, Ruth believes the fallout from the violence continues to cast a long shadow over a society which is still divided. Now Ruth returns to the same courtroom in Belfast where the Scarman Tribunal sat and begins to piece together the events of August 1969 when Northern Ireland spiralled out of control.

The Northern Irish Troubles began when civil disturbances tipped into widespread violence across a single week in August 1969. The bitter conflict between those who wanted Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom and those who wanted a united Ireland would go on for more than three decades and claim thousands of lives. While there is no definitive way of knowing exactly what happened during the week when violence erupted, the Scarman Tribunal sat soon after and compelled witnesses from all sides to give their account of the events which led to the breakdown of law and order and the British Army being deployed.

(Photo: Police battle with rioters in the Bogside area of Londonderry 14 August 1969. Credit: PA)

How the violence of the Northern Ireland Troubles began in August 1969

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

02The violence spreads20191030

Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland yet never really understood how the Troubles started. In the second programme, looking back at Scarman testimonies and talking to her parents who were caught up in events, Ruth is trying to work out how Northern Ireland spiralled out of control. Fifty years on and with her first baby on the way, Ruth wants to know if the legacy of the Troubles will ever be lifted in a Northern Ireland which is still divided today.

(Photo: A British Army soldier on lookout in the Falls Road area of Belfast,15/08/1969. Credit: Press Association)

Ruth Sanderson looks back at the Scarman testimonies and the violence in Belfast in 1969

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

02The violence spreads2019103020191031 (WS)

Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland yet never really understood how the Troubles started. In the second programme, looking back at Scarman testimonies and talking to her parents who were caught up in events, Ruth is trying to work out how Northern Ireland spiralled out of control. Fifty years on and with her first baby on the way, Ruth wants to know if the legacy of the Troubles will ever be lifted in a Northern Ireland which is still divided today.

(Photo: A British Army soldier on lookout in the Falls Road area of Belfast,15/08/1969. Credit: Press Association)

Ruth Sanderson looks back at the Scarman testimonies and the violence in Belfast in 1969

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

02The Violence Spreads2019103020191031 (WS)Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland yet never really understood how the Troubles started. In the second programme, looking back at Scarman testimonies and talking to her parents who were caught up in events, Ruth is trying to work out how Northern Ireland spiralled out of control. Fifty years on and with her first baby on the way, Ruth wants to know if the legacy of the Troubles will ever be lifted in a Northern Ireland which is still divided today.

(Photo: A British Army soldier on lookout in the Falls Road area of Belfast,15/08/1969. Credit: Press Association)

Ruth Sanderson looks back at the Scarman testimonies and the violence in Belfast in 1969

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland yet never really understood how the Troubles started. In the second programme, looking back at Scarman testimonies and talking to her parents who were caught up in events, Ruth is trying to work out how Northern Ireland spiralled out of control. Fifty years on and with her first baby on the way, Ruth wants to know if the legacy of the Troubles will ever be lifted in a Northern Ireland which is still divided today.

(Photo: A British Army soldier on lookout in the Falls Road area of Belfast,15/08/1969. Credit: Press Association)

Ruth Sanderson looks back at the Scarman testimonies and the violence in Belfast in 1969

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

To understand why the issue of the Irish Border and the Irish Backstop as it is referred to in the Brexit Debate in the UK, you have to understand something of the conflict which dominated life in Northern Ireland for decades. The Northern Irish Troubles began when civil disturbances tipped into widespread violence across a single week in August 1969. The bitter conflict between those who wanted Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom and those who wanted a united Ireland would go on for more than three decades and claim thousands of lives. While there’s no definitive way of knowing exactly what happened during the week when violence erupted, the Scarman Tribunal sat soon after and compelled witnesses from all sides to give their account of the events which led to the breakdown of law and order and the British Army being deployed.

Programme Two - Northern Ireland 1969: The Violence Spreads
Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland yet never really understood how the Troubles started. In the second programme, looking back at Scarman testimonies and talking to her parents who were caught up in events, Ruth is trying to work out how Northern Ireland spiralled out of control. 50 years on and with her first baby on the way, Ruth wants to know if the legacy of the Troubles will ever be lifted in a Northern Ireland which is still divided today.

How the violence of the Northern Ireland Troubles began.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.