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This is a draft (1) version of some of the source material used in the section on the Sunningdale Conference on Northern Ireland, from the sixth to the ninth of December 1973. It contains a selection of journal and newspaper articles which have been published over the years, and a list of other publications including books and reports. The reader may also want to consult the CAIN bibliography for further information.



Farren, Sean. (2010). The SDLP: the Struggle for Agreement in Northern Ireland, 1970-2000. Dublin: Four Courts Press. ... [17264]

Leavy, J. (1973). Political Thinking Behind Sunningdale. Dublin: Talbot.

Margesson, Rhoda. (1991). Changing Perceptions about Resolving Conflict in Northern Ireland: the failure of the 1974 Sunningdale Agreement and its implications for settlement in the 1990's. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Law School.

Revolutionary Marxist Group. (1975). British Strategy in Northern Ireland, from the White Paper to the Fall of Sunnningdale. Dublin: Plough Book Service.


Journal Articles

Barrington, Donal. (1976). 'After Sunningdale', Administration, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp.235-261.

Deutsch, R., Costello, D., Devlin, P., Hume, J., Cooper, R. and Cooney, P. (1984). 'Sunningdale, 10 years later (The Northern Ireland Question)', Etudes Irlandaises, No. 9, pp.271-296.

Gillespie, Gordon. (1998). The sunningdale agreement: Lost opportunity or an agreement too far?, IrishPolitical Studies, 13:1, 100-114.

Holland, Mary. (1973). 'Second thoughts on Sunningdale', New Statesman, 14 December, p.893.

Holland, Mary. (1974). 'Outflanking Mr. Faulkner', New Statesman, 11 January, pp.36-37.

Knox, Rawle. (1974). 'Ulster: The eye of the storm', [After Sunningdale] The Spectator, Vol. 232, No.7593, January, p.7.

Kyle, Keith. (1975). 'Sunningdale and After: Britain, Ireland and Ulster', World Today, Vol. 31, No.11.

Macnee, Calvin. (1973). 'After the battle of Sunningdale', Fortnight, No. 74, 14 December, p.2.

Manning, M. (1974). 'Sunningdale and the Law'. Garda Review, Vol. 2, No. 2.

n.a. (1973). 'A Hand for Brian', The Economist, Vol. 249, 15 December, pp.17-18.

n.a. (1974). 'Can Sunningdale still be Saved?', The Economist, Vol. 251, 4 May, pp.27-28.

n.a. (1974). 'Direct Rule ends and Power Sharing Executive takes over the reins of Government', Ulster Commentary, No. 330, January, p.3.

n.a. (1973). 'Power Sharing Executive agreed', Ulster Commentary, No. 329, December, pp.8-9.

n.a. (1974). 'Retreat from Sunningdale', The Economist, Vol. 250, 9 March, p.34.

n.a. (1974). 'Ulster: Brave new world with the same old problems', The Economist, Vol. 250, 5 January, pp. 21-22.


Government Records

PRONI Records on CAIN related to Sunningdale: proni on cain

NAI Records on CAIN related to Sunningdale: proni on cain


Government Reports

British Government, Irish Government, and the Northern Ireland Executive designate. (1973). 'The Sunningdale Agreement': Tripartite agreement on the Council of Ireland - Communiqué issued following the Sunningdale Conference, (9 December 1973). Belfast: Northern Ireland Information Service.

Northern Ireland Office. (1973). Northern Ireland Constitutional Proposals. London: HMSO, March 1973. [Cmnd. 5259]

Northern Ireland Executive. (1974). Steps to a Better Tomorrow: Statement of Economic and Social Aims, (January 1974). Belfast: Stormont.


Other Publications

Cunningham, Michael J. (1991). "The Labour Administration 1970-74", in British Government Policy in Northern Ireland 1969-1989, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1991.

National Newspaper Articles

Downey, James. (1973). 'Parties assemble for Tripartite Talks', The Irish Times, 6 December, pp.1 and 10.

Downey, James. (1973). 'Council of Ireland gets priority at Talks: Leaders state their aspirations on tripartite conference's first day', The Irish Times, 7 December, pp.1 and 10.

Ellis, Walter. (1973). 'Paisley rallies Loyalist groups: vehement declarations against Executive', The Irish Times, 7 December, p.1.

Fisk, Robert. (1973). 'Loyalist politicians angry over Sunningdale "sell-out" and threaten to unseat Mr. Faulkner', The Times, 11 December, p.1.

Fisk, Robert. (1973). 'Cold blast of Loyalist opposition greets Mr. Faulkner after Sunningdale Ageement', The Times, 10 December, p.2.

Gibbon, Ivan. (1974). 'Ulster: In place of Sunningdale', The Daily Telegraph, 22 May, p.18.

Holohan, Renagh. (1973). 'Heath outlines Sunningdale Agreement in Commons Statement', The Irish Times, 11 December, p.10.

O'Connor, Fionnuala. (1973). 'Reaction to Council of Ireland Agreement: Paisley calls tripartite talks valueless: Bitter attacks on Faulkner', [Reactions from Ian Paisley, Lord O'Neill, Frank McManus, John Hume and Bernadette McAliskey], The Irish Times, 11 December, p.12.

Sweeney, Christopher. (1973). 'Coming full circle on the Irish Question', The Times, 7 December, p.16.

Utley, T.E. (1974). 'Faulkner and the Future of Ulster', The Daily Telegraph, 7 January, p.10.

Whale, John. (1974). 'The end of a long story in Ireland', The Sunday Times, 13 January, pp.25-26.

Whale, John. (1974). 'Soldiering on from Sunningdale', The Sunday Times, 31 March, p.16.

Whitelaw, William and Whale, John. (1973). 'Why Britain will be in Ulster for years yet', The Sunday Times, 2 December, p.16.

Staff Reporters. (1973). 'Mr. Cosgrave reassures those worried by the South's attitude to Northern Ireland', The Times, 7 December, p.2.

Staff Reporters. (1973). 'Protestants distrust concessions to Dublin', The Times, 7 December, p.2. n.a. (1973) 'Leaders set out approach to Tripartite talks at Sunningdale:Wide range of issues is suggested by Heath', The Irish Times, 7 December, p.10.

n.a. (1973). 'Leaders set out approach to Tripartite talks at Sunningdale: Cosgrave views means of satisfying aspirations', The Irish Times, 7 December, p.10.

n.a. (1973). 'Leaders set out approach to Tripartite talks at Sunningdale: Faulkner list difficulties on Council of Ireland', The Irish Times, 7 December, p.10.

n.a. (1973). 'Reaction to Announcement', [Reaction from John Taylor, Harry West, Matrin Smyth, Prof. Kennedy-Lyndasy and Michael O Loingsigh], The Irish Times, 10 December, p.9.


25 November 1973, Weekend World, (ITV).
[Main item: recent history of Northern Ireland leading to Power-Sharing Executive, plus poll on power-sharing].

24 January 1974, 'The Price of Peace - The Loyalist', This Week, (ITV).
[First part of a two-part investigation of prospects for the Power-Sharing Executive - Loyalists].

31 January 1974, 'The Price of Peace - Catholics of Divis Flats', This Week, (ITV).
[Second part of a two-part investigation of prospects for the Power-Sharing Executive - Catholics].

30 May 1974, 'The Experiment that Failed', This Week, (ITV).
[Interview with Faulkner].

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