William Craig talks about the motivations of 12 members of the Unionist Party in writing an open letter to Terence O'Neill calling for a change of leadership to end disunity within the party.
- Title William Craig on Question of Leadership
- 1st Broadcast 31/01/1969
- ContributorRodney Rice (Reporter)
- Clip Duration 00:04:07
- Material Type Video
- Series title 7 Days
- Clip title "There is a Massive Split Now on the Question of Leadership"
- Extended description
William Craig says that there is a perception that anyone who has a dispute with Captain O'Neill is classed as some sort of reactionary. Craig is in favour of pursuing even more imaginative and progressive programmes. Craig argues that O'Neill has lost the confidence of the party particularly in the constituencies where there is grave disunity which seems to centre around the leadership.
Craig also states that he has no personal desire to be Prime Minister and would only consider it if there were no other acceptable candidates.
Rodney Rice also questions Craig about the suitability of Faulkner as a potential leader.
A '7 Days' report by Rodney Rice on the Northern Ireland leadership question broadcast on 31 January 1969.
'Seven Days' began broadcasting on 26 September 1966 and was RTÉ television's flagship current affairs programme for ten years. The programme's young production team was made up of producer Lelia Doolan, directors Eoghan Harris and Dick Hill, and reporters John O'Donoghue, Brian Cleeve and Brian Farrell.
Muiris Mac Conghail became producer of '7 Days' in 1967 when the programme was merged with another current affairs programme, 'Division'.
- Local keywords Northern Ireland, The Troubles, 1969, Stormont, William Craig, Unionist Party, Terence O'Neill, Rodney Rice, 7 Days, Seven Days
- Geographical coverage Ireland, Belfast
- Topic Wars and Conflict
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ
- Production year 1969
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier P103/00069
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- Item type part/extract
- Item colour Black and White
- Item sound Mono
- Aspect ratio 4:3
- Language used English (eng)
Brian Faulkner Resigns
Broadcast - 24/01/1969
Clip Length - 00:02:33
"The Country is Far More Important than Any One Man"
Broadcast - 26/01/1969
Clip Length - 00:02:45
O'Neill Calls for Respect and Unity
Broadcast - 29/01/1969
Clip Length - 00:01:11
"There is a Massive Split Now on the Question of Leadership"
Broadcast - 31/01/1969
Clip Length - 00:04:07
Paisley Looks to Morgan for Leadership
Broadcast - 31/01/1969
Clip Length - 00:00:32