Liam Cosgrave and Brian Faulkner set out their hopes for establishing a power-sharing agreement with the aim of creating a better understanding between all parties involved.
Tripartite talks officially began at Sunningdale in Berkshire, England with the objective of setting up a power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland. The talks concluded on 9 December after four days of deliberation and negotiation.
RTÉ News reports from a press conference featuring statements by the signatories of the Sunningdale Agreement as the talks got underway. An Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave and former unionist prime minister and chief executive of the power-sharing executive Brian Faulkner, share their thoughts on the agreement, its objectives and the historic nature of this agreement.
Liam Cosgrave speaking on behalf of the Irish government states
We believe that the formation of the council will promote and encourage the growth of consensus politics throughout Ireland and the eventual elimination of violence.
He goes on to say that the objective of the council is to build steadily the spirit of greater confidence and better understanding between the different sections and historical traditions in Ireland.
Brian Faulkner describes the agreement as a historic step towards a power-sharing government in Northern Ireland between Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Edward Heath, the Prime Minister of the Republic and the heads of the three political parties of Northern Ireland. The agreement collapsed in May 1974.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 December 1973.