Betty Sinclair

(1910—1981) trade unionist and communist

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(1910–81), trade unionist and communist, born in Belfast to a Protestant working-class family. A linen reeler from her mid-teens, her political beliefs were partly formed by the Catholic-Protestant alliance in the outdoor relief strike of 1932. She became a full-time Communist Party worker in 1940 and in 1947 secretary to the Belfast Trades Council. Elected chairperson of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association in 1968, she disagreed with People's Democracy's militancy, and resigned from the executive of NICRA in 1970.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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