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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lucy Faulkner, Northern Irish journalist, widow of Brian Faulkner. died she was 87.

Lucy Barbara Ethel Faulkner, Lady Faulkner of Downpatrick CBE was a Northern Irish journalist, unionist and peace advocate died she was 87.. Faulkner was the wife of the sixth and last Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Brian Faulkner, who was in office from 1971 to 1972.[1][2] She was also the first woman to hold a seat as a National Governor of the BBC from Northern Ireland from 1978 to 1985.[3][4] As a BBC Governor, Faulkner oversaw the formation of the Northern Ireland Broadcasting Council and the launch of Radio Foyle.[3] She further became the chairwoman of the BBC in 1981.[4]

(July 1, 1925 – January 20, 2012) 


Faulkner was born Lucy Barbara Ethel Forsythe.[1] She attended Bangor Collegiate School before enrolling in Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied history.[2] Forsythe worked as a journalist, joining the staff of for The Belfast Telegraph in 1947.[2] In 1949, she left the newspaper and became the personal secretary to then Northern Irish Prime Minister Basil Brooke at Stormont House.[2]
Forsythe married her husband, Brian Faulkner, in 1951 (Faulkner was serving as the youngest MP in the history of the Parliament of Northern Ireland at the time).[1] The couple had first met due to their shared interests in both hunting and politics.[1] After their marriage, the Faulkners resided in Highlands, which is located near the village of Seaforde, County Down.[1] The couple had three children: David, Claire and Michael.[3]
Brian Faulkner, was created Lord Faulkner of Downpatrick and introduced to the House of Lords on February 22, 1977.[1] However, he was killed in a hunting accident just days later on March 3, 1977, following a stag hunt.[1] The horse slipped and he was thrown onto the road and died instantly. Lady Faulkner was at his side in minutes having been following the hunt by car.[1]
In 1985, Lady Faulkner was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).[1] Two years later, in the aftermath of the Remembrance Day bombing by the IRA, Faulkner implored the Protestant Unionists to consider a power sharing agreement and "put the clock back" and further appealed to the Catholic Nationalists to cooperate with Northern Irish security forces.[1]
Additionally, Lady Faulkner worked as a researcher and trustee for the Ulster Historical Foundation.[4]
Lady Faulkner died at her home on January 20, 2012, at the age of 86.[3]


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