"Most Extraordinary Politician of the Year"

EXHIBITION : NORTHERN IRELAND 1969

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John Bowman reviews the events of the past year in Northern Ireland and reflects on the election of Bernadette Devlin, who he describes as "the most extraordinary politician of the year."

  • Title
    The North - Retrospect
  • 1st Broadcast
    05/10/1969
  • Contributor
    John Bowman (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:01
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Clip title
    "Most Extraordinary Politician of the Year"
  • Extended description

    On the first anniversary of the Derry civil rights march of 5 October 1968, John Bowman reviews the events of the past year and reflects on the election of Bernadette Devlin, who he describes as "the most extraordinary politician of the year."

    Devlin herself talks about the message she brought to parliament on her much anticipated and widely publicised first appearance. She delivered her maiden speech during an emergency debate on the situation in Northern Ireland.


    The Home Secretary, James Callaghan, described her speech as negative and provided little hope. Devlin responded to this criticism by arguing that it was not her responsibility to find a solution to a problem that has gone on for 50 years.

  • Information

    'The North - Retrospect' was broadcast one year after the Derry civil rights march, 5 October 1968. John Bowman looks back over 12 months of change in Northern Ireland.

    The photograph accompanying this clip shows the gable end of a house in Derry patinted with the slogan, "You are now entering Free Derry".
    © RTÉ Stills Library 0119/042

  • Local keywords
    Northern Ireland 1969, Bernadette Devlin, Civil Rights March, John Bowman, James Callaghan, Anniversary
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    LA000343
  • 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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