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FORMER WOMEN MEMBERS OF THE NORTHERN IRELAND PARLIAMENT AND ASSEMBLIES

The Parliament of Northern Ireland was established in 1921 concurrent with the foundation of the Irish Free State in the south. The House of Commons had 50 members and the Senate had 24 members elected by MPs for eight-year terms, as well as the Lord Mayor of Belfast and Mayor of Londonderry ex officio. At the first two elections MPs were elected by PR-STV and thereafter by first-past-the-post, though Queen's University remained a multi-member constituency with four MPs elected by STV. The parliament was suspended in 1972 and abolished the following year.

The unicameral assemblies of 1973-74 and 1982-86 both had 78 members elected by PR-STV. The Observatory does not include the elected Constitutional Convention of 1975 or the Forum of 1996-98, but it does include current members of the Northern Ireland Assembly. To print this page, click here.

Former women MPs in the Northern Ireland Parliament, 1921 to 1972
Name
Party
Constituency
Dates
Dehra Parker
(Chichester until 1928)
Unionist

Londonderry County & City,
South Londonderry (1933-)
1921-29,
1933-60
Julia McMordie Unionist South Londonderry
1921-25
Margaret Waring Unionist Iveagh
1929-33
Lilian Calvert Independent Queen's University
1945-53
Dinah McNabb Unionist Armagh North
1945-69
Eileen Hickey Independent Queen's University
1949-58
Bessie Maconachie Unionist Queen's University
1953-69
Sheelagh Murnaghan Liberal Queen's University
1961-69
Anne Dickson Unionist Carrick
1969-72
Former women senators in the Northern Ireland Parliament, 1921 to 1972
Name
Party
Dates
Marion Greeves Indepdendent
1950-58
Edith Taggart Unionist
1970-72
Former women members of the Northern Ireland Assembly, 1973 to 1974
Name
Party
Constituency
Dates
Shena Conn Unionist Londonderry
1973-74
Rose Jean Coulter Independent Unionist West Belfast
1973-74
Anne Dickson Independent Unionist South Antrim
1973-74
Eileen Paisley DUP East Belfast
1973-74
Former women members of the Northern Ireland Assembly, 1982 to 1986
Dorothy Dunlop Unionist East Belfast
1982-86
Mary McSorley SDLP Mid Ulster
1982-86
Mary Simpson Unionist South Armagh
1982-86


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