A New Ceasefire: British and Republican Dialogue 1974–75
The power-sharing Executive and Sunningdale collapsed in the wake of the only successful general strike in British history — ironically during the watch of Harold Wilson’s Labour Government; in the aftermath Merlyn Rees became the new SSNI and threw the responsibility for finding an acceptable form of government in Northern Ireland to the political parties there, in the form of a Constitutional Convention. As any Convention was very unlikely to produce agreement the most fruitful avenue for progress in the North, once more, appeared to be with regard to the position of the Provisionals. In December 1974 a group of Protestant churchmen met with senior leaders of the Republican Movement at Feakle, in County Clare.
KeywordsPrime Minister Security Force Incident Centre Political Prisoner Terrorist Incident
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