The Ulster Problem

Details

Location

Sandy Row, Shankill, Shankill Road

Year

1967

Source

Format

16mm

black and white

Length

26min 51sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

British Film Institute

Rights Holder

Peter Robinson

Description

1967 documentary profile of Rev. Ian Paisley.

Rev. Ian Paisley, is he a new Martin Luther - a true defender of the Protestant faith - or a "strutting turkey cock in the animal farm politics of Ulster?"

Explore the escalating tensions in Northern Ireland and the central role that Rev. Ian Paisley would play as a lightning rod for Unionism. The film provides a brief synopsis of the history of Ulster - from the Battle of The Boyne in 1690 to the Partition of Ireland in 1922 - and the contemporary background to Paisley’s rise to prominence.

 

Notes

Various politicians and public figures give their opinion on Paisley. Amongst those interviewed is Gerry Fitt, Labour MP for Ulster. He understands Paisley's position and believes that he should be taken very seriously. The Home Affairs Minister of the Ulster Parliament, Brian McConnell, is critical of Paisley’s role in heightening tensions, whilst Martin Wallace – Deputy Editor of the Belfast Telegraph – says he does not take Paisley seriously at all, suggesting that he has no responsible support. This Rediffusion documentary comes from the BFI collection.

Credits

Produced by Rediffusion

Directed by Peter Robinson

Onscreen participant: Rev. Ian Paisley

Interviewer: Llew Gardner

Interviewees: Gerry Fitt, Brian McConnell

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