Belfast Paralysed by Loyalist Strike

EXHIBITION : STRIKES, PICKETS AND PROTESTS

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Loyalist strikers bring down the Sunningdale agreement by paralysing Northern Ireland with a general strike.

  • Title
    Commercial Life Disrupted by General Strike
  • 1st Broadcast
    23/05/1974
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:57
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Belfast Paralysed by Loyalist Strike
  • Extended description

    In May 1974, the Ulster Workers’ Council responded to the new Sunningdale power-sharing agreement by calling a general strike against it. The loyalist strikers blocked roads and cut off essential services in Northern Ireland. 

    This RTÉ News report shows people queueing for dwindling petrol and food supplies in Belfast.  Milk is being dumped and hens are being slaughtered. Thousands are signing on the dole because factories have been paralysed.

    The strike ended after two weeks with the resignation of chief minister Brian Faulkner and the collapse of Sunningdale.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report from Belfast on 23 May 1974.

  • Local keywords
    Industrial disputes, General strike, Northern Ireland, Troubles, Sunningdale, Ulster Workers' Council, Loyalists, Brian Faulkner, Power-sharing
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1974
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    N143/0074A
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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