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by Sir Kenneth Bloomfield
"THIS IS A TIMELY JUNCTURE to re-assess the contribution of Terence O’Neill (the late Lord O’Neill of the Maine) to political developments in post-war Northern Ireland. Almost thirty-four years have passed since O’Neill, then Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, used the image of ‘Ulster at the Crossroads’.
Progress since then has too closely resembled the fate of the visitor to Hampton Court Maze with every exit returning him to the same cul-de-sac.
With the announcement in the autumn of 2002 of the fourth suspension of the Legislative Assembly, Northern Ireland now finds itself back at the all-too-familiar crossroads once again. In these circumstances, it is an opportunity to look back and reflect on where O’Neill stood."
This article looks at the life of Terence Marne O’Neill, later Lord O’Neill of the Maine and Prime Minister of Northern Ireland from 1963–69.