1966 – 1990s – The Society continued to face many issues as the 20th Century drew to a close. With the outbreak of the widespread civil unrest in the late 1960s, there was once again a military presence in the grounds of Clifton House. The construction of the Westlink dual carriageway required land to be vested from the Society and separated Clifton House from the New Burying Ground.
It was the radical change in social welfare that provided the great threat – and ultimately the greatest opportunity – for the Society. The 80s and 90s witnessed the introduction of new legislation that meant the Society had to act decisively to survive and in 1991 improvements were made to Clifton House saving it from ending over 200 years of service to the local community.