It also opposed the 1973 Sunningdale Convention, which proposed the creation of a cross-border “Council of Ireland” to manage a limited range of economic and cultural issues in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The agreement led, in 1974, to a crippling general strike by Protestant trade unionists, which the DUP… 7. The conference agreed on the establishment of an Irish Council. It was limited to representatives of both parts of Ireland, with appropriate guarantees for the financial and other interests of the British government. It would consist of a Council of Ministers with executive and administrative functions and an advisory function, as well as an advisory assembly with advisory and audit functions. The Council of Ministers would act unanimously and would consist of a core of seven members of the Irish government and an equal number of members of the Northern Ireland Executive, with the participation of other non-voting members of the Irish government and the northern Ireland executive or administration when matters within their jurisdiction were discussed. The Council of Ministers would control the council`s tasks. The Presidency would pass on an agreed basis between the representatives of the Irish government and the Northern Ireland executive. Arrangements will be made for the location of the first session and the location of subsequent meetings will be set by the Council of Ministers.
The Consultative Assembly would consist of 60 members, 30 members of Dail Eireann, elected by the Dail on the basis of proportional representation by the only transferable vote, and 30 members of the Northern Ireland Assembly elected by this assembly and on that basis. Compensation would be paid to members of the advisory assembly. There would be a secretariat for the Council that would be as small as it could be to match the effectiveness of the Council`s work. The secretariat would be responsible for the Council`s institutions and would oversee, under the Council of Ministers, the exercise of executive and harmonization functions as well as the advisory function of the Council. The secretariat would be headed by a secretary general. After the appointment of an executive from Northern Ireland, the Irish government and the Northern Ireland executive would appoint their representatives for a Council of Ministers. The Council of Ministers would then appoint a secretary general and decide on the seat of its permanent seat. The Secretary-General is responsible for continuing to develop plans for such a seat. The Council of Ministers would also make arrangements for the recruitment of secretariat staff in a manner and conditions consistent, as possible, with those applicable to civil servants in both administrations.