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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th April 1970.

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Photo of Mr Gerry Fitt Mr Gerry Fitt , Belfast West 12:00 am, 7th April 1970

Exactly. This is one point which should be clarified for the benefit of those who cannot know.

The Unionist party has at all times—many other less experienced journalists have written in this vein—talked as if every Republican is an I.R.A. man, armed with a revolver, who wants to shoot British soldiers in the back. This is completely untrue. There are people in Ireland who legitimately want to see the unification of that country, and I am one of them. I have no hesitation in saying that. I have never said anything else since I entered the House. I hope that I will live to see the day when my country is united from Fermanagh to Cork.

I know that I have the support in saying that of hon. Members on this side, and on the other side, and of the mass of people who believe in justice. It has been found——