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A Tragedy of ErrorsThe Government and Misgovernment of Northern Ireland$
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Kenneth Bloomfield

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310645

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312519

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The British dimension: direct rule to the UWC strike

The British dimension: direct rule to the UWC strike

(p.30) Chapter Three The British dimension: direct rule to the UWC strike
A Tragedy of Errors
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This chapter traces the series of events in Ireland under the direct rule of the British that lead to the Ulster Worker's Council (UWC) strike. With the Direct Rule still in effect, the British produced the Sunningdale Agreement in which they allowed for power-sharing in the Northern Ireland Assembly, an assembly that fortified British control, and The Executive, an assembly lead by Brian Faulkner from the Ulster Unionist Party. Soon after the agreement was passed, UWC took the lead in protesting against the sharing of power to Irish nationalists. The UWC wanted sole political power to be given to the Republic of Ireland. The chapter ends stating that little effort was made by Prime Minister Harold Wilson and his government to support The Executive.

Keywords:   UWC strike, Sunningdale Agreement, power-sharing, Northern-Ireland Assembly, The Executive, Irish nationalist

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