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
- ContributorRonnie 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.
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
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- Item type part/extract
- Item sound Mono
- Language used English (eng)
O'Neill Downfall Seen As Inevitable
Broadcast - 24/04/1969
Clip Length - 00:01:12
Reaction to O’Neill Resignation
Broadcast - 29/04/1969
Clip Length - 00:02:04
"Wherever Our Source of Hope Lies, It Certainly Doesn't Lie in the Unionist Party"
Broadcast - 28/04/1969
Clip Length - 00:00:52
Faulkner and Chichester-Clark for Leadership
Broadcast - 30/04/1969
Clip Length - 00:05:10
Chichester-Clark Ambitions for Leadership
Broadcast - 30/04/1969
Clip Length - 00:01:04