On This Day 1969 Bernadette Devlin Elected

On this day in 1969 Bernadette Devlin was elected to Westminster in the Mid-Ulster by-election. At the age of 21 Devlin became the youngest female candidate to be elected to Westminster.

In an interview with RTÉ News an exhausted Bernadette Devlin tries to articulate her plans following victory in the Mid-Ulster by-election.

Devlin says "My most immediate plan is to get rid of all you press men and get some sleep".

On her plans to sit at Westminster, Devlin states "I have very little time for useless formalities." When asked what line she will take Devlin replies "The line that we must have some justice Mr, Wilson please".

A RTÉ News report featuring Bernadette Devlin following her election to Westminster broadcast on 18 April 1969.

For more on Bernadette Devlin, view the Civil Rights Exhibition and the Northern Ireland 1969 Exhibition.

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