1972-74: Height of Violence

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1972-74: Height of Violence

The period from 1972 to 1974 saw the level of violence peak, in 1972 alone nearly five hundred people were killed. At a conference in Sunningdale in England in December 1973 an agreement was reached which set out a structure for a new executive that would include an 'Irish Dimension' linking Northern Ireland and the Republic. Most unionists were opposed to the agreement because they believed it would lead to a united Ireland. In May 1974 a loyalist industrial stoppage in opposition to Sunningdale brought Northern Ireland's economy to a standstill and unionist members resigned from the Northern Ireland Executive bringing the Sunningdale deal to a close.

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Sign the Petition Here

Sign the Petition Here

Poster issued by the Democratic Unionist Party, printed black text on white, in early 1974. The anti-Sunningdale petition was signed by more than 300,...

HAT; Ulster Defence Association Camouflaged Hat

HAT; Ulster Defence Association Camouflaged Hat

Ulster Defence Association camouflaged hat. Button up side piece, printed triangular badge of violet with purple outline map of the six counties, unde...

Vote David Herron

Vote David Herron

Unionist Loyalist coalition candidate for South Down. Vote David Herron No.1 SERVICE EVER SURRENDER NEVER. Published by George McKnight, Rathfriland....

Festival of The Oppressed

Festival of The Oppressed

Poster issued by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association, advertising an event organised by the NICRA in Belfast in October 1972. 'The Festival ...

Vote PAISLEY

Vote PAISLEY

Election literature/card - Vote PAISLEY ; 'Your friend, Ian R. K. Paisley.' Published by Rev. James Beggs, Ballymena...

Victory to the IRA

Victory to the IRA

Poster issued by the I. R. A., Irish Republican Army, printed in pink with black text, over an image of a of an IRA activist with a machine-gun in Der...

Vote Alliance

Vote Alliance

Poster issued by the Alliance Party for the 1973 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. 'Vote Alliance for a New Start.' Printed black and red on bright ...

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Poster issued by the Vanguard Unionist Party. 'Vote Vanguard Unionist - Say yes to the Unionism of Carson & Craig.' This poster is one of a series pro...

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vanguard Unionist election poster for the June 1973 Northern Ireland Assembly election. Printed blue on white with Vanguard logos in top corners. 'Nor...

Stevenson No. 1

Stevenson No. 1

Northern Ireland Labour Party poster promoting candidate Stevenson for Derry for the Assembly Elections 1973. Grace D Stevenson stood for the Northern...

No.1 HOLMES NILP

No.1 HOLMES NILP

Northern Ireland Labour Party poster highlighting No.1 HOLMES for South Belfast Assembly Elections 1973. Published by NILP, Cheviot Ave, Belfast....

Special Notice

Special Notice

A confidential notice from the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary dating from February 1972. The notice states that Bridget Rose Dugda...

SDLP Vote Caraher

SDLP Vote Caraher

Poster issued by the SDLP, Candidate Caraher for South Belfast Assembly Elections 1973. Ben Caraher stood for the SDLP in South Belfast and received 3...

MURDER

MURDER

'Murder.' A poster showing photofit impressions of two women wanted in connection with an incident involving the murder of three soldiers. In a ‘honey...

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vanguard Unionist poster, printed blue and day-glo orange on white. 'Say No to a Council of Ireland.' The party was opposed to the government’s propos...

I'm Official Unionist

I'm Official Unionist

Two round paper stickers showing a face made from the motto 'I'm Official Unionist.' These stickers were produced by the Ulster Unionist Party, probab...

British Connection

British Connection

Poster issued by the Unionist Publicity Department in March 1973 to urge support for the British connection during the Referendum on the subject. Prin...

Unionists Unite for Ulster

Unionists Unite for Ulster

Poster issued by the Ulster Unionist Council. 'Unionists Unite For Ulster Against Terrorism Inflation Separation, Make Your Vote Count - Vote McQuade....

Another Step Forward Vote SDLP

Another Step Forward Vote SDLP

Screen-printed poster, blue and yellow, issued by the SDLP, (Social Democratic Labour Party) for the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections 1973. 'Anothe...

Your No. 1 Vote Herron for East Belfast

Your No. 1 Vote Herron for East Belfast

Loyalist poster printed blue on white. Loyalist Coalition Candidate T. Herron for East Belfast Assembly Elections 1973. UDA Vice-Chairman stood as a V...

Support the SDLP

Support the SDLP

Poster issued by the SDLP for Assembly Elections 1973. Candidates O'Hagan and Turnley for North Antrim. Green and balck on white with photographs of t...

The Shankill Disturbances

The Shankill Disturbances

Booklet entitled 'The Shankill Disturbances.' A Series of Eye-Witness Accounts compiled by an Ulster Defence Association Press Team.' This unofficial ...

Release Frank Keane

Release Frank Keane

Poster published by republicans 'Release Frank Keane - Militant Fighter for an All-Ireland Socialist Workers' Republic.' Keane wanted by the Irish Fre...

P. R. is as easy as 1, 2, 3..

P. R. is as easy as 1, 2, 3..

P. R. is as easy as 1, 2, 3.. How to Vote under Proportional Representation...

McHugh/Binnie

McHugh/Binnie

Northern Ireland Labour Party poster; No.s 1&2, McHugh, Binnie. Published by NILP, Cherviot Ave, Belfast....

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