Sunningdale, Ulster workers council strike, legacies

A conference focusing on the struggle for democracy in Northern Ireland, held on Friday 23 May 2014.


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.

Keynote address

 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

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