Recovering old history from Stormont…

Thanks to reader Colin, here’s a very useful resource. It’s the Hansard record from the old Stormont Parliament, with a photocopy of the original document alongside a cut and paste-able transcript. I just inserted the term Boycott and this is what came up first:

Mr. COOPER asked the Secretary for Home Affairs whether he is aware that a criminal conspiracy exists in Enniskillen to boycott Belfast goods and all persons dealing with Belfast; that circulars, dated 10th September, 1921, have been sent to Roman Catholics threatening them with severe penalties if they continue to deal with certain houses, and that these circulars contain the names of fifteen houses on a white list (where these people are directed to deal), including Lipton, Ltd.; Enniskillen Co-operative Society, Ltd.; Tylers, Ltd.; Dicks, Ltd.; Kerr and Co.; and J. B. Dillon, and whether, seeing that there is some doubt if the firms in question are parties to this intimidation or that they have entered into this illegal conspiracy, the Secretary for Home Affairs will communicate with these firms and get from them definite statements, especially as Liptons, Tylers, and Dicks do considerable business in Belfast, England, and Scotland, that the Enniskillen Cooperative Society has a branch at Ballinamallard and is closely allied with the Scottish Co-operative Society, Ltd., and that Mr. J. B. Dillon and Mr. J. M’Govern (proprietor of Kerr and Co.) hold his Majesty’s Commission of the Peace, and that Mr. Dillon also holds an important position in the Scottish Co-operative, Ltd., or what action he will take in the matter?

In a place where populist urban (and rural) myth often stand in for verifiable fact, it has to be a good thing. But feel free to have fun and search out your own pet subjects. And cut and paste away below!!

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  • Lurker

    This is priceless.

    Especially the early troubles stuff.

  • Michael Shilliday

    5 days before chichester-clarke resigned he said:

    There has been a good deal of speculation over recent days about changes in personalities. However personalities may change, these facts of which I have spoken will not change. Anyone who comes to this Dispatch Box will have to face them just as I have done.

  • Token Dissent

    It is a superb resource, presented and ordered in a very user-friendly manner.

    Thank-you!

  • McGrath

    Tuesday, 29th November, 1932.

    The House met at Three of the Clock. The Clerk at the Table informed the House of the unavoidable absence of Air. Speaker from this day’s sitting.

    Whereupon Mr. Moles, the Chairman of Ways and Means, proceeded to the Table, and, after Prayers, took the Chair as Deputy Speaker, pursuant to the Standing Order.

    “After Prayers”…….they said prayers before the start of parliamentary business! What a trip!

    To think some people think Islamics are a bunch of nutjobs because they pray before the start of everyday events.

  • Valenciano

    McGrath, they still do say prayers in Westminster before commencing Parliamentary business so I’m at a loss to see where the big news in that is…

  • mcgrath

    “McGrath, they still do say prayers in Westminster before commencing Parliamentary business so I’m at a loss to see where the big news in that is…

    Posted by Valenciano on Nov 22, 2006 @ 12:04 AM”

    I was highlighting the juxtaposition of morbid and farcical elements.

  • Mike

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    “After Prayers”…….they said prayers before the start of parliamentary business! What a trip!

    To think some people think Islamics are a bunch of nutjobs because they pray before the start of everyday events.
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    Oh dear oh dear, McGrath, speaking from a position of ignornace means you’ve just ended up looking silly.

    Lesson learned, I trust.

  • fair_deal

    Damn, damn, damn. Now I have no excuse not finish my research on the Independent Unionist MP Nixon.

  • mcgrath

    Mike:

    Post #6 was obviously lost on you. Nevermind.