Ted Heath Visits Ireland 1973

On this day in 1973, UK prime minister Edward Heath flew into Baldonnel Airport in Dublin for a summit with the Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave on a proposed Council of Ireland and a power-sharing Northern Ireland executive.

RTÉ News reports from the press conference held afterwards. Heath says that it is up to the newly-elected Northern Assembly to find a way of power-sharing, but he is there to help. He has briefed Cosgrave on all current developments.

The Sunningdale Agreement later that year led to a power-sharing executive forming in January 1974, but it was brought down by a loyalist strike in May 1974.

For more on the background to political developments in Northern Ireland, see our exhibitions Civil Rights Movement 1968-69 and Northern Ireland 1969.

This RTÉ News report was broadcast on 17 September 1973.

The accompanying image shows Liam Cosgrave greeting Edward Heath on his arrival at Baldonnel Airport in Dublin. © RTÉ Archives 5033/028

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