"I Have Been Elected To Serve The People of Mid Ulster. This I Will Do. All Of Them."

EXHIBITION : NORTHERN IRELAND 1969

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Bernadette Devlin answers questions about her appeal to Protestant voters and fields accusations of being a communist or just an ambitious young girl.

  • Title
    Appeal to Protestant Voters
  • 1st Broadcast
    18/04/1969
  • Contributor
    Rodney Rice (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:37
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    7 Days
  • Clip title
    "I Have Been Elected To Serve The People of Mid Ulster. This I Will Do. All Of Them."
  • Extended description

    In an interview for '7 Days', Bernadette Devlin answers questions about her appeal to Protestant voters and fields accusations of being a communist or just an ambitious young girl.

    Devlin says she will work for Catholic and Protestant unity. "My duty is to represent the people whom I've been elected to serve."  Devlin also notes that she must also represent people who did not vote for her. She goes on to talk about her views on partition and quotes James Connolly by saying "For Ireland, I care little. For the Irish people, I would give my life".

    Devlin argues that it was the people that put her in the position to represent them because the political parties had failed them.

    Reporter, Rodney Rice asks Devlin if she thinks Westminster MPs will show any respect for a 21-year-old street agitator. Devlin states that she is more concerned about their actions than gaining their respect.

    Rice questions Devlin about accusations that she is a communist to which she responds "I am not a communist" and later states "I am a socialist and for that I make no apology".

  • Information

    A report for '7 Days' in which Rodney Rice talks to Bernadette Devlin about her election to Westminster broadcast on 18 April 1969.

    'Seven Days' began broadcasting on 26 September 1966 and was RTE television's flagship current affairs programme for ten years. The programme's young production team was made up of producer Lelia Doolan, directors Eoghan Harris and Dick Hill, and reporters John O'Donoghue, Brian Cleeve and Brian Farrell.

    Muiris Mac Conghail became producer of '7 Days' in 1967 when the programme was merged with another current affairs programme, 'Division'.

  • Local keywords
    Northern Ireland 1969, Bernadette Devlin, Catholic, Protestant, Election, James Connolly, Rodney Rice
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    P291/00069
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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