Opposition to Cross Border Co-operation

Opposition to Cross Border Co-operation

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Location

Year

1967

Source

Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)

Format

16mm transfer to video

black and white

Length

01min 57sec

Audio

sound

Courtesy

Department for, ITV, PRONI, UTV Archive

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

The question of an interconnected electricity supply, between North and South Ireland, was one with a long, and fraught,  history on the island.

First proposed in the late-1920s, an agreement was finally signed on the 5th of October 1967.  Erskine Childers, Irish Minister for Transport and Power and Brian Faulkner, NI Minister for Commerce, had brokered a deal which represented perhaps the most significant example of cross-border co-operation in the 1960s.

It was hoped that interconnection would, "permit an overall reduction in generating plant capacity and in running standby [power]". Whilst the agreement was widely acclaimed, there were voices of opposition, as in this excerpt, with the speaker threatening that, "The awakening will be rude, tragic and violent for Ulster".

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Courtesy of ITV and the UTV Archive

Digitised as part of the 'UTV Archive Partnership' project

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