Faulkner and Chichester-Clark for Leadership


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Brian Faulkner and Major Chichester-Clark are both running for leader of the Unionist Party following the resignation of Captain Terence O'Neill.

  • Title
    Nominations for Unionist Party Leadership
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    Seán Duignan (Reporter)
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    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Faulkner and Chichester-Clark for Leadership
  • Extended description

    Seán Duignan reports on the nominations for leader of the Unionist Party following the resignation of Captain Terence O'Neill. Brian Faulkner and Major Chichester-Clark are both running.

    On the night before the election, right-wing Unionist William Craig addresses a supporters rally in Armagh on the future of the Unionist Party. He describes the Unionist Party as "Ulster’s only hope".

    He is critical of the civil rights movement, who he says are terrorising the community, and their "chanting that silly song".
    Craig also has words for newly-elected Westminster MP Bernadette Devlin, calling her "that little hussy from Mid Ulster".
    In light of Craig's controversial comments, both contenders for leadership are trying to distance themselves somewhat from the right-wing of the party as represented by Craig.

    The challenge for a new leader of the Unionist Party is to unite the party.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report by Sean Duignan on the nomination of Faulkner and Chichester-Clark for the leadership of the Unionist Party broadcast on 30 April 1969.

    The photograph accompanying this clip shows RTÉ broadcaster Seán Duignan in 1969.

    The photographer was Roy Bedell
    © RTÉ Stills Library 1010/027

  • Local keywords
    Northern Ireland 1969, New Prime Minister, Unionist Party, Captain Terence O'Neill, Brian Faulkner, Major Chichester-Clark, William Craig, Bernadette Devlin, Westminster, Seán Duignan
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Belfast
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
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  • Language used
    English (eng)