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What I Wish I'd Known

Pat Cullen

Season 5, Ep. 6

Pat Cullen is a trade union general secretary who has led her members out on strike for the first time in her union’s 109-year history. In recent weeks, Pat has been on picket lines all over the country with her colleagues and patients, leading the negotiations with the UK government on behalf of the Royal College of Nursing.


In this episode of Past Imperfect, Pat Cullen talks candidly to Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson about how her tenacity and her belief in justice has been shaped by growing up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland and through losing both her parents as a teenager.


 “When I believe in something.” She says, “I’ll follow it through to the bitter end, I absolutely will.”




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