Joseph Devlin

(1871—1934) Irish nationalist and politician

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(1871–1934), leading Ulster member of the Nationalist Party. Devlin came from working-class origins in Catholic west Belfast, receiving only primary education from the Christian Brothers. He worked in pubs until he became, reluctantly, a paid United Irish League official. Later he donated his parliamentary salary to public causes, and acquired directorships, including the chairmanship of the Irish News. A small man with a mane of black hair, his political admirers included many women, but he never married.


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