On this day in 1969 Bernadette Devlin goes to the polls in the Mid Ulster By-Election.

Bookmakers make Bernadette Devlin the 4/1 favourite to win the election. Reporter Don McManus feels this is a little optimistic and says that Devlin "will need every anti-unionist vote that's going".

Don McManus reports from Cookstown, Co. Tyrone for the RTÉ Radio lunchtime news on 17 April 1969. This report is introduced by Kevin O'Kelly.

Bernadette Devlin won the seat and became the youngest woman to be elected to Westminster, where she served until 1974 representing the Mid Ulster Constituency.

The accompanying photograph shows Bernadette Devlin being filmed for 'Féach'.  Devlin was interviewed for RTÉ Television's Irish language current affairs programme 'Féach', in her uncle's house in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone. The interview was broadcast on 27 April 1969.

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