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Brian Faulkner

Brian Faulkner  

(1921–77).One of the ablest of Northern Irish Unionist prime ministers, Faulkner was from a commercial rather than a landed background. He became the last Northern Irish premier in March 1971 and won ...
Chichester-Clark, James, Lord Moyola

Chichester-Clark, James, Lord Moyola  

(1923–2002).Prime minister of Northern Ireland. Chichester‐Clark was from a landed background. He was Unionist chief whip in the Stormont Parliament (1963–6), leader of the House of Commons (1966–7), ...
Constitution of Northern Ireland Act

Constitution of Northern Ireland Act  

(1973),passed by the United Kingdom Parliament following the closing of Stormont. The act was intended as the basis for a comprehensive settlement in Northern Ireland, replacing most of the ...
Derry

Derry  

(Ir. Doire, ‘place of the oaks’), Northern Ireland, commanding the west bank of the Foyle estuary. The site of a monastery founded by Colum Cille, which was destroyed by the ...
direct rule

direct rule  

(Northern Ireland 1972–98). On 24 March 1972, after Brian Faulkner's administration had refused to agree that control of security should be transferred to London, the Conservative government of ...
Ian Paisley

Ian Paisley  

(1926– )Northern Irish clergyman; First Minister of Northern Ireland from 2007. He became a minister of the Free Presbyterian Church in 1946, and its leader from 1951 to 2007. Paisley first became ...
Irish Republican Army

Irish Republican Army  

(IRA).The Irish Volunteers, formed in 1913/14 and reorganized along conventional military command lines after the Easter Rising, became known as the IRA from 1919. During the Anglo‐Irish War, ...
James Craig

James Craig  

(1871–1940).First prime minister of Northern Ireland. Craig, the son of a millionaire whiskey distiller, was elected as Unionist MP for East Down in 1906. With Carson he led the Ulster Unionist ...
John Hume

John Hume  

(1937– )Northern Irish politician, leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (1979–2001). He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 with David Trimble for his role in negotiating peace in ...
Nationalist Party

Nationalist Party  

Successor to the all‐Ireland Nationalist Party (1882–1922) and its grass‐roots organizations, the United Irish League and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. At the first elections to the Northern ...
Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland  

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A unit of the United Kingdom comprising the six north-eastern counties of Ulster.Physical.Structurally, it is a south-westward extension of Scotland, separated by the North Channel of the Irish Sea. ...
Northern Ireland conflict

Northern Ireland conflict  

(1969– ).Northern Ireland was born in violent conflict, but with the exception of savage riots in 1935 (see religious conflict) the conflagrations which had recurred regularly, especially in Belfast, ...
Social Democratic and Labour Party

Social Democratic and Labour Party  

(SDLP).The SDLP was for many years the leading institution representing the catholic minority in Northern Ireland since the province's establishment. It was formed in 1971 as a coalition between the ...
St Andrews Agreement

St Andrews Agreement  

(13 Oct. 2006)A peace agreement negotiated between the British and Irish governments as well as the major political representatives, including Martin McGuinness from Sinn Féin, and Ian Paisley from ...
Stormont

Stormont   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Irish History (2 ed.)

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2007
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History, Regional and National History
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the site of the parliament of Northern Ireland, on the eastern outskirts of Belfast, frequently used as shorthand

Stormont Castle

Stormont Castle   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

a castle in Belfast which was, until 1972, the seat of the Parliament of Northern Ireland and in 1999 became the headquarters of the Northern Ireland Assembly....

Terence O'Neill, Lord O'Neill of the Maine

Terence O'Neill, Lord O'Neill of the Maine  

(1914–90).Prime minister of Northern Ireland (1963–9). O'Neill was keen to promote economic development within Northern Ireland, and to address the traditional hostility between unionist and ...
Ulster Defence Association

Ulster Defence Association  

(UDA)(Northern Ireland)The UDA is the largest Loyalist paramilitary group in Northern Ireland. It was established in 1971, as an umbrella for a number of smaller ‘defence associations’, which sought ...
Ulster Unionist Council

Ulster Unionist Council  

Created in 1904–5 as a representative body for Ulster unionism. Comprising originally 200 members (100 representing the local unionist associations, 50 representing the Orange order, and 50 co‐opted ...
Ulster Unionist Party

Ulster Unionist Party  

Political parties in Northern Ireland supporting maintenance of the union with the UK. In 1886 Lord Hartington and Joseph Chamberlain formed the Liberal Unionists, allying with the Conservatives and ...

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