Bernadette Devlin Elected

EXHIBITION : NORTHERN IRELAND 1969

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Sean Duignan and Andy O'Mahony report on the election of 21-year-old Bernadette Devlin as MP for Mid-Ulster. A tired Devlin declares that, "People of Mid Ulster, we have finally started to overcome."

  • Title
    Bernadette Devlin Wins Election
  • 1st Broadcast
    18/04/1969
  • Contributor
    Sean Duignan (Reporter)
    Andy O'Mahony (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:03:15
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Bernadette Devlin Elected
  • Extended description

    Sean Duignan and Andy O'Mahony report on the election of 21-year-old Bernadette Devlin as MP for Mid-Ulster. A tired Devlin declares that, "People of Mid Ulster, we have finally started to overcome."

    Bernadette Devlin will leave for Westminster on Monday, two days before her 22nd birthday. Devlin plans to take part in a victory rally in Carrickmore tonight and tomorrow she will address a civil rights meeting in Lurgan.

    Devlin beat her competitor, Anna Forrest, by more than 4,000 votes and is now the Mid-Ulster MP for Westminster.
     

    Devlin says that her first task at Westminster is to argue the case for the people versus the party. She goes on to say that the Unionist Party has "divided, betrayed and mislead the people".
    Ultimately, Devlin hopes to achieve a society that allows for civil and religious liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities.

  • Information

    RTÉ News reports on the election of Bernadette Devlin broadcast on 18 April 1969.

    The accompanying image is taken from a RTÉ News report featuring Bernadette Devlin talking on the day of the election, 17 April 1969.

  • Local keywords
    Northern Ireland 1969, Bernadette Devlin, By-Election, Sean Duignan, Andy O'Mahony, Mid-Ulster, Westminster, Carrickmore, Anna Forrest,
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    LQC0041A
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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