Results 1–20 of 1511 for speaker:Mr Gerry Fitt

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978 (Continuance) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: Is this Kenneth McClinton the man who murdered a bus driver, Harry Bradsaw, who was driving a bus at the time of a strike? Is it the same man?

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978 (Continuance) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: The hon. Member for Antrim, North (Rev. Ian Paisley) and I have not found many points on which we could agree over the many years that we have served in this Parliament. However, I recall vividly one issue during the passage of the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) (Amendment) Act 1975 when he and I, at completely different ends of the political and religious spectrum in Northern...

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978 (Continuance) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: I have repeatedly tried to tell Mr. Livingstone and those who share his views that their support gives succour to the most bloodthirsty murderers who have ever lived in Ireland. The hon. Member for Antrim, North referred to a meeting held in London a fortnight ago in which a London member of the Provisional Sinn Fein, which is a legal organisation in London, said that when his party comes to...

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978 (Continuance) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: When the hon. Member for Antrim, North was in prison, it was well known that he did not mix with Republicans. He had a really soft job and was working in the bakery. He kicked up an awful row on Good Friday when he had to make hot cross buns, and that was well known at the time in Northern Ireland. The hon. Gentleman said that warders and prison administrators are telling people to break...

Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: Electioneering.

Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: Ten years.

Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: They put the hon. Gentleman in goal.

Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: He has not said a word.

Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: What year was that?

Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: Here comes the dirty washing. The hon. Gentleman wanted total integration.

Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: Mr. Deputy Speaker, you have just seen the opening shots being fired in the general election in Northern Ireland, and from what you have seen you will readily admit that we shall see an election with the maximum amount of finesse and decorum. This has been brought about by the decision of the Labour Government to increase the number of Northern Ireland seats from 12 to 17. The right hon....

Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: The right hon. Gentleman has done it very subtly and has argued that the order does not mean anything. The order may not mean anything to him in the constitutional sense in which he puts his argument, but if the order were not passed it would have the completely opposite effect from that which he has suggested. The IRA would then say, "We are on the road to total integration." Non-renewing of...

Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: The right hon. Gentleman asks why we are having the debate now. His memory need take him back only to the day before the summer recess, or the day before the Easter recess, or the day before the various holidays that the House has had for him to remember that we always debate Northern Ireland on that day—something that I have always resented. All the Englishmen, Scotsmen and Welshmen are...

Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: The right hon. Member for Down, South is right. In effect, the order separates Northern Ireland from the other parts of the United Kingdom. The order proclaims loudly to the heavens that Northern Ireland is different. It is not like Scotland, Wales and England. Who in his right senses would say that Northern Ireland was no different from the other parts of the United Kingdom? We do not have...

Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: The order was introduced into Parliament after the downfall of the Sunningdale Executive. I believe honestly, fervently and sincerely that there is no hope for peace in Northern Ireland if we proceed along the path plotted for us by the right hon. Member for Down, South, which is one of total integration. That will never bring peace to Northern Ireland. The Sunningdale agreement was the best...

Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: The right hon. Gentleman mutters, "There you are," as though the Sunningdale agreement was a source of shame. I do not believe that that agreement is anything to be ashamed of. It was reached by politicians with conflicting political ideals who sat down together and tried to resolve the dilemma of Northern Ireland and to bring about an Executive that would act in the interests of the whole...

Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: I have tried to represent my viewpoint honourably, irrespective of IRA murderers or others who object to the political views for which I stand. I cling tenaciously to the belief that the only hope of peace and progress in Northern Ireland is by the reinstitution of something akin to the Sunningdale Executive. It is important that we should renew the order. I have no great feeling for rushing...

Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: I am not arguing with the hon. Member for Down, North. What I am about to say will reinforce my attitude. Incidentally, I do not remember the hon Member for Down, North or any of his colleagues voting for the establishment of the Assembly. I was the only Northern Ireland Member to vote for it. I wanted to see that Assembly come into operation in Northern Ireland, with all its defects, in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: Does the Secretary of State accept that it is futile to try to involve either the IRA or Sinn Fein in legitimate democratic politics? Any attempt to do so is bound to lead to disaster. Will he comment on what many people in Northern Ireland regard as the true response that should be made by the nationalist people in Northern Ireland — as expressed by Bishop Daly in Derry last night in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security (12 May 1983)

Mr Gerry Fitt: The right hon. Gentleman and the Orange Order between them are trying to ruin me.


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