I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House, under Standing Order No. 20, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely,
The first blow was struck by IRA Sinn Fein member O'Mullior, and his party members McKnight, Lavery, McCann, Holland, Fitzimmons, McGuigan and Maskey all joined in. Loyalist members had been provoked by them throughout the proceedings and when violence was used against them they had no option but to defend themselves. The Alliance party spokesman in the corporation confirmed that—of course, he is not a member of either of the Unionist parties.
For the past three years Loyalist members throughout Ulster have been expected by the Government to tolerate gunmen in the council chambers. While the Government will not talk to Sinn Fein gunmen, they expect Unionist members whose friends have been murdered and whose homes have been burnt by these thugs to conduct local government business.
I call on the Government today to proscribe Sinn Fein and keep violence out of the council chambers.
The hon. Gentleman asks leave to move the Adjournment of the House for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that he believes should have urgent consideration, namely,