The Northern Executive fell on 28 May 1974 when Chief Executive Brian Faulkner and five other Unionists resigned.

Northern Ireland had been paralysed for the previous two weeks by a general strike called by the Ulster Workers’ Council in protest against the new Sunningdale power-sharing agreement. 

In this 'Seven Days' report broadcast that day, Faulkner says they put the situation in Northern Ireland above personal and political considerations and were beginning to succeed. But they were not prepared to see lives at risk.

According to Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the workers accomplished what they set out to do. Robert Cooper of the Alliance Party sees this as the end of a "brave experiment" while John Hume of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) believes it is a "pyrrhic victory" and that ordinary people will be the losers.

Ian Paisley
Ian Paisley