The final blow came in May 1974, when the Ulster Workers` Council (UWC), a labour association dominated by loyalists, staged a general strike for May 15. Loyalist paramilitaries threw their weight behind the strike and harassed and intimidated non-UWC members. Finally, Northern Ireland`s heavy industry has come to a halt. Five portfolios (education, finance, agriculture, environment and information) were awarded to UUP members. Three portfolios were awarded to SDLP members, including business to John Hume, housing to Austin Currie, and health and social safety services to Paddy Devlin. Oliver Napier of the Liberal Alliance took last place in the cabinet and became Minister of Justice. Opposition to the Sunningdale Agreement intensified when the Northern Ireland Assembly met on 22 January 1974. The 8.