Bernadette Devlin McAliskey: Is a lifelong human rights and social justice campaigner whose activities have ranged from neighbourhood organising, through to national protest movement and parliamentary representation. Bernadette came of political age as a working-class Catholic in 1960s Northern Ireland, rising to prominence in the non-violent campaign for Catholic civil rights in British-controlled Ulster. She was elected to the House of Commons in 1969 on a civil rights ticket, making her the youngest ever female MP at 21 years-old. Over the next decades, inside and out of Parliament, Bernadette continued to agitate for equality in the North. She is currently chief executive of the South Tyrone Empowerment Programme (STEP) and was involved in its founding in 1997. STEP is a community development organisation that works with migrants in the Dungannon area.
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