Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Act 1974

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:35 pm on 26th June 1985.

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Photo of Mr Martin Flannery Mr Martin Flannery , Sheffield, Hillsborough 10:35 pm, 26th June 1985

The hon. Gentleman, as usual, overlooks the fact that on every occasion on which I have spoken on this subject, I have always admitted that I live here where it is reasonably safe, while the hon. Gentlman and his colleagues live in terrible danger. My heart goes out to them, and I respect them, and anybody else in that position. I know that the killings go in, but terrorists come over here and we know about them. However, we want to end the whole business instead of allowing it to go on for ever more, as it will if it is left to the hon. Members who have been arguing in the debate tonight.

I do not often quote Churchill, but I am doing so now. He said: To jaw-jaw is better than to war-war. Was the great idol speaking rubbish? What he said will have to happen at some time.

Labour Members have gone across the water and spoken to people there. Unionists Members will not speak to anybody, but at some stage all parties will have to talk to one another because the British people will demand it. There must be a plan that will result in hands reaching across the borders, and the two sides coming nearer together. There is not the slightest sign of that happening, and therefore, our people will try to intervene to see that it does.