18 September 1949 – 19 August 2005
British Labour politician, first woman Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
It takes courage to push things forward.
On her decision to visit loyalist prisoners in the Maze Prison, Guardian, 8 January 1998
You can't switch on peace like a light.
Independent, 6 September 1999
They have voted to take the gun out of politics.
I didn't negotiate, I didn't do a deal. If you want progress, you ain't going to get it if you don't have talks.
On visiting Loyalist prisoners in the Maze Prison
Bloody well get on and do it, otherwise I'll head-butt you!
Overheard to Gerry Adams in run-up to Good Friday talks, possibly apocryphal