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 30/04/1969
- ContributorSeán Duignan (Reporter)
- Clip Duration 00:05:10
- Material Type Audio
- Series title 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.
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
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ
- Production year 1969
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier LQC0041A
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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