In December 1973, an agreement was signed in Sunningdale by both the British and Irish governments and Brian Faulkner, Prime Minister of the suspended Northern Irish parliament. It proposed that Northern Ireland be governed by an Executive in which power was shared between the elected parties, rather than by majority rule. A Council of Ireland was also proposed to advise on cross-border issues. Unionist opposition was widespread and the intention to defy power-sharing was encapsulated in a strike by the Ulster Workers' Council, organised with the direct involvement of loyalist paramilitaries. The strike brought Northern Ireland to a standstill for almost two weeks, until the British government capitulated and abandoned the agreement.

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Six Counties
First broadcast:
17 February 1981

Organise the students into pairs. One could write an interview with a Catholic supporter of the Sunningdale Agreement and ask them why they support power sharing. The other could write an interview with a Protestant opponent of Sunningdale, asking why they support Ian Paisley's opposition movement.