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."

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.