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

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.

An RTÉ News report from Belfast on 23 May 1974.