1973 – Sunningdale Agreement.

At Sunningdale, Berkshire, British Prime Minister Edward Heath, Irish premier Liam Cosgrave, and representatives of the Ulster Unionist Party, the Social Democratic and Labour Party and the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, sign an historic agreement to set up a Council of Ireland (Sunningdale Agreement).

The agreement called for the setting up of a Council of Ireland made up of a cabinet of ministers and a consultative assembly. The power sharing agreement would eventually fall in the face of Unionist intransigence and an Ulster Workers Council general strike in May 1974. London would then institute direct rule over Northern Ireland.

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