1918 – Constance Markievicz while detained in Holloway prison, became the first woman to be elected MP to the British House of Commons.

“I went out to fight for Ireland’s freedom and it does not matter what happens to me. I did what I thought was right and I stand by it.” –Constance Markievicz During the Easter Rising of 1916, Constance was second in command under Michael Mallin in Dublin’s St Steven’s Green. She proved fearless under fire […]

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1954 – Birth of Robert Gerard ‘Bobby’ Sands in in Rathcoole, north Belfast, spending his early years in Abbots Cross in the Newtownabbey area of north Belfast.

He was the leader of the 1981 hunger strike in which Irish republican prisoners protested against the removal of Special Category Status. During his strike he was elected to the British Parliament as an Anti H-Block candidate. His death and those of nine other hunger strikers, in their efforts to achieve political prisoner status from […]

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1875 – John Mitchel returns from America one day after being elected MP for Tipperary.

John Mitchel’s election was deemed invalid as he was a convicted felon for his activities with the Young Ireland movement. In poor health, he would die weeks later on 20th March. Mitchel wrote for ‘The Nation’ and was founder of ‘The United Irishman’ newspaper which openly preached rebellion against England returns to Ireland. Convicted of […]

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1972 – Bloody Sunday Aftermath.

The day after Bloody Sunday, British Home Secretary, Reginald Maudling announces a tribunal of inquiry ‘into the circumstances of the march and the incidents leading up to the casualties which resulted’. After being denied the right to provide an eye-witness account of what happened, an emotional Bernadette Devlin, the 24-year-old MP for Mid-Ulster who had […]

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1918 – Constance Markievicz while detained in prison, became the first woman to be elected MP to the British House of Commons.

During the Easter Rising of 1916, Constance was second in command under Michael Mallin in Dublin’s St. Steven’s Green. She proved fearless under fire and fought alongside the men. Eyewitnesses reported she was responsible for the killing of at least one British soldier during the battle. After their defeat, Constance Markievicz marched at the head […]

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1969 – Bernadette Devlin is elected MP for Mid Ulster, standing as the Independent Unity candidate; at 21 years old, she is Britain’s youngest ever female MP and the third youngest MP ever.

Bernadette Devlin was elected to Britain’s Parliament on the “Unity” ticket, as MP for the Mid-Ulster constituency. The election followed the death of Ulster Unionist Party Member of Parliament for Mid Ulster, George Forrest, and Devlin found she was running against Forrest’s widow on the Unionist ticket. At 21, Devlin was the youngest woman ever […]

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1918 – Constance Markievicz while detained in Holloway prison, became the first woman to be elected MP to the British House of Commons.

During the Easter Rising of 1916, Constance was second in command under Michael Mallin in Dublin’s St. Steven’s Green. She proved fearless under fire and fought alongside the men. Eyewitnesses reported she was responsible for the killing of at least one British soldier during the battle. After their defeat, Constance Markievicz marched at the head […]

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1947 – Birth of Bernadette Devlin McAliskey in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone; she is the youngest MP ever to be elected to Parliament.

Bernadette Devlin, a feminist and Catholic activist in Northern Ireland, was a founder of People’s Democracy. She became the youngest woman ever elected to Parliament in 1969. Devlin was part of the August, 1969, “Battle of the Bogside,” and engaged, on the side of the residents. Devlin then traveled to the United States and met […]

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1969 – Bernadette Devlin is elected MP for Mid Ulster, standing as the Independent Unity candidate; at 21 years old, she is Britain’s youngest ever female MP and the third youngest MP ever.

Bernadette Devlin was elected to Britain’s Parliament on the “Unity” ticket, as MP for the Mid-Ulster constituency. The election followed the death of Ulster Unionist Party Member of Parliament for Mid Ulster, George Forrest, and Devlin found she was running against Forrest’s widow on the Unionist ticket. At 21, Devlin was the youngest woman ever […]

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1716 – Birth of Lord George Sackville (Germain), soldier, politician and MP for Portarlington.

George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville PC (26 January 1716 – 26 August 1785), known as Lord George Sackville until 1770 and as Lord George Germain from 1770 to 1782, was a British soldier and politician who was Secretary of State for America in Lord North’s cabinet during the American War of Independence. His ministry received […]

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