Terence O'Neill Speaks about Reform

Terence O'Neill Speaks about Reform

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East Belfast, Stormont Castle




Production 13/08/1968


05min 33sec




1 inch

black and white


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Clip from archive compilation programme 'Understanding Northern Ireland'.

Features Terence O'Neill surrounded by letters of support and replying to several, before sitting down and speaking about the current situation in Northern Ireland. 

He states that he cannot "see any profit with further disorder. It can only lead to all sorts of unfortunate results". There is worry for the shopkeepers of Derry and Armagh and he discusses the relations between the "two sections of the community". In hopes the population recognises his appeal for reflection as genuine, O'Neill's policy of reform is highlighted which has "produced a response... I never had anticipated".


Terence O'Neill was a former Northern Ireland Prime Minister (1963–1969) who introduced a package of 'reform measures' which were the result of meetings in London with Harold Wilson (then British Prime Minister), and James Callaghan (then British Home Secretary). The five point reform plan included:

      •      a nine member 'Development Commission' to take over the powers of the Londonderry Corporation;

      •      an ombudsman to investigate complaints against government departments;

      •      the allocation of houses by local authorities to be based on need;

      •      the Special Powers Act to be abolished as it was safe to do so; and

      •      some reform of the local government franchise (the end of the company votes).


A UTV Production.



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