Sinn Fein’s European parliament candidate, Martina Anderson, says, if elected she will endeavour to make Brussels relevant to the people of Derry.
Ms. Anderson replaced party colleague, Bairbre de Brún, as an Member of European Parliament (MEP) two years ago and although it is predicted she will win one of the North’s three European seats on May 22 she is refusing to take anything for granted.
“There’s a lot of work to be done between now and then and there are plenty of votes still to be won.
“I know some polls suggest that I will regain the seat but I can’t think like that - it’s my job to convince people why they should vote for me on May 22,” said Ms. Anderson.
Ms. Anderson has invited delegations from local community groups, businesses, sport and music and entertainment to Brussels to witness for themselves how representation at the European parliament can benefit Derry.
“When I took over this position I pledged to people that I would make Europe relevant and that I would set-out to bring them to Europe and bring Europe to them.
“My mother’s situation influenced the first delegation I took to Brussels. My mother is an older woman and I invited the ‘Recycled Teenagers’ to Brussels. Several older people from Derry and Antrim came with me to see what I, as a Derry woman, was doing for them and for them to see that I am very much a Bogside woman in Brussels and not a Brussels woman in the Bogside.
“I honestly believe that the real benefits of being in Europe have not been realised locally and for the last two years I have brought several other delegations from Derry to Brussels - I want the people to see how Europe can benefit them.”
She added: “I will always be a Bogside woman and for me, Derry will always come first and people want someone who can get things done in Europe they should come out and vote for me next week.”