The New Executive

In late November 1973, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, William Whitelaw, announced the make-up of the new power sharing Executive.

The Chief Executive was to be Brian Faulkner; his Deputy was to be SDLP Leader Gerry Fitt.

The numbers of ministries to be held by the different parties were as follows:

UnionistsSix ministries
SDLPFour ministries
Alliance partyOne ministry

The Executive was also to have an additional four members but they would not have the right to vote.

Two of these non-voting members were to be from the SDLP, one from the Faulkner Unionists and one Alliance Party member.