Paddy Devlin, the Labour Movement and the Catholic Community

  • Connal ParrEmail author


Parr (the grandson of former prominent politician and activist, the late Paddy Devlin) employs a biographical approach to his chapter, where—via personal interviews, reportage and scholarly works—he fuses the biographical with the academic to explore Catholic politics in West Belfast. He reasserts Devlin’s belief in the Labour movement, which led to his rejection of Catholicism and speculates whether his variegated political trajectory was a reflection of his own complex Catholic background.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northumbria UniversityNewcastleUK

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