Reaction to O’Neill Resignation

EXHIBITION : NORTHERN IRELAND 1969

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Ronnie Turner reports on reaction to the news that Captain Terence O'Neill is to step down as leader of the Unionist Party.

  • Title
    Captain O'Neill Resigns
  • 1st Broadcast
    29/04/1969
  • Contributor
    Ronnie Turner (Reporter)
    Mike Burns (Presenter)
    Jim Sherwin (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:04
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Reaction to O’Neill Resignation
  • Extended description

    A new premier of Northern Ireland will be elected at a meeting of the Unionist party on Thursday. O'Neill has also announced that, as soon as a new leader is elected, he will resign the premiership as well after six years in this role. He claims to have made his decision at the weekend. He also stated that he is not leaving politics but will be a back-bencher.


    Ronnie Turner reports from Belfast. Nominations for the position can be lodged with the Chief Whip until Thursday. At the meeting, the nominees will be declared and a secret ballot will be taken. The contender with the majority of votes will be the new premier.


    The two contenders for the position at the moment are Mr. Brian Faulkner and Major Chichester-Clark. Faulkner is expected to attract the support of dissidents from within the party while Chichester-Clark is expected to get the votes of O'Neill supporters.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report featuring Mike Burns and Jim Sherwin in studio, and Ronnie Turner in Belfast.
    This report was broadcast on 29 April 1969.

    The accompanying image shows Captain Terence O'Neill leaving Stormont on 1 May, 1969.

  • Local keywords
    Northern Ireland 1969, New Prime Minister, Captain Terence O'Neill, Ronnie Turner, Unionist Party, Brian Faulkner, Major Chichester-Clark
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Belfast
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    QNX002196
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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