• Short Summary

    THE REVEREND IAN PAISLEY, LEADER OF NORTHERN IRELAND'S PROTESTANT MILITANTS, WON A SEAT IN THE NORTHERN IRELAND PARLIAMENT ON THURSDAY (16 APRIL).

  • Description

    THE REVEREND IAN PAISLEY, LEADER OF NORTHERN IRELAND'S PROTESTANT MILITANTS, WON A SEAT IN THE NORTHERN IRELAND PARLIAMENT ON THURSDAY (16 APRIL). THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF VICTORY WAS MADE LATE THURSDAY NIGHT IN THE BALLYMENA TOWN HALL. MR. PAISLEY'S VICTORY WAS, IN FACT A DOUBLE BLOW FOR THE MODERATE RULING UNIONIST PARTY, BECAUSE ONE OF MILITANT PROTESTANT FOLLOWERS WON ANOTHER SEAT.

    THE SEAT MR. PAISLEY WON WAS ONCE HELD BY FORMER REFORMIST PRIME MINISTER CAPTAIN TERENCE O'NEILL. MR. PAISLEY, 44, WON THE RURAL BANNSIDE CONSTITUENCY BY 1,203 VOTES. HIS TWO OPPONENTS, UNIONIST BOLTON MINFORD AND LABOUR PARTY CANDIDATE PATRICK MCHUGN WON MORE THAN 50 PER CENT OF THE VOTE BETWEEN THEM. OBSERVERS FEEL THAT SOME OF MR. PAISLEY'S 7,981 VOTES MAY HAVE COME FROM CATHOLICS WHO WANT TO FORCE THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO TAKE DIRECT CONTROL OF THE STRIFE-TORN PROVINCE.

    IN HIS VICTORY SPEECH, MR. PAISLEY SAID : "LET IT NEVER BE SAID THAT ULSTER MEN WILL PERMIT ANY GOVERNMENT OR ANY PARTY TO SELL THEIR BIRTHRIGHT".

    MR. PAISLEY'S FOLLOWER, REVEREND WILLIAM BEATTIE, WON A FOUR-CORNERED RACE IN THE NEIGHBOURING DISTRICT OF SOUTH ANTRIM.

    TOGETHER, THEIR VICTORIES GIVE THE PROTESTANT-EXTREMIST CAUSE A MAJOR BOOST AND ALSO STRENGTHEN THE RULING UNIONIST PARTY'S RIGHT WING.

    THE VICTORIES ARE SEEN BY SOME OBSERVERS AS CERTAIN TO THROW NORTHERN IRELAND INTO FURTHER CRISES. MR. PAISLEY IS CREDITED BY SOME WITH DOING MORE THAN ANY OTHER SINGLE FIGURE TO PRECIPITATE THE TENSION THAT HAS SET NORTHERN IRELAND'S MILLION PROTESTANTS AND 500,000 CATHOLICS AGAINST EACH OTHER OVER THE PAST 18 MONTHS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2QW6EF0HBMF7QR6U9CMKHUCQL
    Media URN:
    VLVA2QW6EF0HBMF7QR6U9CMKHUCQL
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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