The Orange Order Votes on PM O’Neil

The Orange Order Votes on PM O’Neil

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Belfast, Sandy Row




Production 26/02/1965


05min 52sec


mute, sound



black and white


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On Sandy Row, Sir George Clarke meets with fellow Orangemen to discuss opposition to Prime Minister Terence O’Neill's meeting with Irish Taoiseach Seán LemassThe Orange Order took a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister, which went O’Neill’s way. 

William McGookin interviews him (and has a wee practice beforehand). Although Sir George is happy to for Northern Ireland to have a relationship with the Republic of Ireland, he maintains the constitutional status quo will not change. 


Sir George Anthony Clark, 3rd Baronet, DL (24 January 1914 – 20 February 1991) was an Orangeman and unionist politician in Northern Ireland. 

Clark was elected to the Senate of Northern Ireland in 1951, serving until 1969, and acting as a Deputy Speaker from 1957 until 1959. In 1954, he was appointed High Sheriff of Antrim. In 1957, he became Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, filling the position for ten years. From 1958 to 1961, he was the Imperial Grand President of the Imperial Grand Orange Council of the World between 1958 and 1961. He also Deputy Lieutenant for the City of Belfast in 1961, and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Ulster Unionist Council from 1967 to 1972. From 1980 to 1990, he was President of the Ulster Unionist Council, then became its Patron until his death the following year. 


An Ulster Television Production.



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