1973 Northern Ireland independence referendum. Ever heard of it? Don’t be surprised if you don’t. This is a referendum on the future of Northern Ireland that time has forgotten.

Troubles were at their height and the collapse of Stormont had left a vacuum which the British government had no idea how to fill.

Later that year the Sunningsdale Agreement came out, the first attempt to create power sharing in Northern Ireland, but it was preceded by a vote on 8 March.

How did it happen, what happened, and the continuation of border polls in recent years – are there lessons to be learned from this?

David McCann, lecturer, author, commentator and deputy editor of the website Slugger O’Toole, tells Ciaran Dunbar the story of the 1973 referendum.

The 1973 border referendum on the future of Northern Ireland is now forgotten.



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