Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Act 1974

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:15 pm on 26th June 1985.

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Photo of John Taylor John Taylor , Strangford 10:15 pm, 26th June 1985

There is a great danger—it often happens in the press and the media in England—of confusing the term "Catholic" with the term "Republican". Thirty eight per cent. of the voters in Northern Ireland adhere to the Catholic religion, but only 30 per cent. are Irish Republicans. I object to the way in which the hon. Gentleman implies that all Catholics are Republicans. The Alliance party has Catholic leadership, a Catholic Chief Whip and many Catholic members. The Ulster Unionists also have Catholic supporters—they are not all Irish Republicans. That must be emphasised time and again.