Berndadette Devlin McAliskey, born in 1947 in County Tyrone, is a memorable political figure in the making of Ireland’s history. As a founding member of the People’s Democracy, she was elected an MP when she was 21 years old. She is still the youngest ever female to have been elected such. This gutsy lady, an Irish republican, is thought of rather fondly (by some) for a particular ‘incident’ in which, during her only attendance at the House of Commons, left her seat briskly to land her fine fist right into the jaw of the then-Secretary of State Reginald Maudling. He had stated that the British Security Forces had “shot in defence” during the battle of Bloody Sunday – a fact that is highly disputed. Yes, she broke his jaw. She was also banned from the House of Commons for six months.
Berndette has served time in prison after her involvement in the Battle of the Bogside led to her arrest, for “incitement to riot." She is still very active in politics and remains one of the most awesome ladies this country has ever seen.