In December 1973 the Sunningdale Agreement, which aimed to set up a power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland and cross-border Council of Ireland, was signed. By May 1974, this agreement had collapsed, because of political opposition, violence and a large general strike.
Forty years on, eminent historians, journalists, commentators, archivists and eyewitnesses to the event gathered to discuss just what happened; unravel Sunningdale’s legacy; and suggest how this relates to our current democratic practice.
Professor Thomas Hennessey, Canterbury Christ Church University
Panel 1: Sunningdale in context
- Dr. Sarah Campbell, Newcastle University
- Dr. Anthony Craig, Staffordshire University
- Dr. Gordon Gillespie, Queen’s University Belfast
Panel 2: Sunningdale and its legacies
- Professor Arthur Aughey, University of Ulster
- Dr. Brendan Lynn, University of Ulster, CAIN
- Mr. David Huddleston, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Roundtable discussion: Sunningdale reconsidered
- Dr. Malachi O’Doherty
- Dr. Jude Collins
- Mr. Alex Kane
- Dr. Aaron Edwards