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Kennedy Lindsay (1972: Donegal Free State)

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Kennedy Lindsay (1924 - 1997) was a Northern Ireland politician and a leading advocate of Ulster nationalism. Born in Saskatchewan, Canada of Ulster Scots descent, Lindsay was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. After securing his PhD, he took up lecturing posts in North America and Nigeria before eventually settling in Northern Ireland and lecturing in the School of Humanities at the University of Ulster in Coleraine, County Londonderry. Lindsay entered politics as a member of the Vanguard Progressive Unionist Party and was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly set up under the 1973 Sunningdale Agreement to represent that party. His Eight Point Ulster Plan, produced for the Loyalist Association of Workers, had garnered him much attention and he soon rose to become on of the most prominent members of the Vanguard.

Lindsay had grown disillusioned with unionism, and began to call for implementation of the ideas of W. F. McCoy, who had earlier called for Northern Ireland to be granted Dominion status. He felt that his plan, which he had intended to strengthen the Union, had been ignored and so moved to a more formal separation for Northern Ireland. His ideas influenced the pro-Loyalist wing of the Donegal Brigade.

In 1972 he published a paper, Dominion of Ulster, in which he likened Irish Nationalists to the pre-World War two Sudeten Germans and described the late Stormont era as Ulster's "Vichy period".

Lindsay withdrew from politics after it became clear that the BUDP was not going to get anywhere. He then turned his attention to writing books about the British secret service operations in Northern Ireland, including Ambush at Tullywest and The British Intelligence Services in Action. The former, Ambush at Tullywest, would later be quoted by Sinn Féin MLA Mary Nelis in a Northern Ireland Assembly debate on security forces collusion in Northern Ireland.[1] Lindsay briefly returned in 1982 to stand in an Assembly election in South Antrim as a candidate for the United Ulster Unionist Party, although he and his running mate Samuel Larmour came bottom of the poll.

  1. Northern Ireland Assembly Tuesday 27 February 2001 (continued)

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