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Bernadette Devlin (McAliskey)

b 23 April 1947

(Northern) Irish republican and socialist activist, youngest woman ever elected to the UK Parliament (1969)

 

My function in life is not to be a politician in Parliament: it is to get something done.

 

To gain what is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.

 

Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.

 

It wasn't long before people discovered the final horrors of letting an urchin into Parliament.

 

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