Mr. Brian Faulkner, Northern Ireland's new moderate Prime Minister, today (Friday) announced seeking Cabinet changes.?
Mr. Brian Faulkner, Northern Ireland's new moderate Prime Minister, today (Friday) announced seeking Cabinet changes. While retaining for himself the crucial post of Minister of Home Affairs - as had done his predecessor Major Chichester-Clark who resigned on Saturday (March 20) - Mr. Faulkner made concessions to both factions within his divided Parliament. He appointed a hardline Protestant from the ruling Unionist Party, Mr. Harry West, to the post of Minister of Agriculture; and, from the Opposition Labour Party, he drew a well-known moderate Protestant, Mr. David Bleakley, for the delicate post of Minister of Community Relations. Although Mr. Bleakley is a former Labour Member of Parliament, he is not one at present, but under the Northern Irish law he may hold office as a Minister for up to six months.
After the appointments were announced, and the Cabinet had posed on the steps of Storemont Castle, Agriculture Minister West spoke to the press:
Later, at Unionist Party Headquarters - which had been hit by two bombs the previous night - Mr. Faulkner said: