Friday’s Child: Martina Anderson

Martina Anderson with best friend Kathleen in Jesus Christ Superstar.

Martina Anderson with best friend Kathleen in Jesus Christ Superstar.

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This week’s Friday Child is Derry’s Sinn Fein Member of the European Parliament, Martina Anderson. Born and raised in Derry’s Bogside, Martina has been involved with the Irish republican struggle for more than 30 years, and was a political prisoner for 13 years. Since 2006 she has held senior roles within Sinn Fein. She was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2007, and formerly sat on the Policing Board. Martina became an MEP in June 2012.

How would you describe yourself?

Sinn Fein Member of the European Parliament, Martina Anderson.

Sinn Fein Member of the European Parliament, Martina Anderson.

Energetic, enthusiastic and caring.

Happiest childhood memory?

Sister Sharon and I going to Lisfannon beach with our mother and father.

What was your first job?

Waitress and washing dishes.

Favourite book?

Credit Union book.

Favourite film?

‘Still Alice’.

Favourite television programme?

‘House of Cards’.

Favourite expression?

“Never give up.”

Favourite method of relaxation?

Watching a film at home with my better half .

Favourite holiday destination?

Cancun.

Who would you most like to meet?

Met him - had dinner with Noam Chomsky - I would’ve liked to have met Nelson Mandela.

What makes you angry?

Global greed.

What makes you happy?

Helping others .

What human quality do you most admire?

Honesty.

What human quality do you least admire?

Arrogance.

What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?

Too embarrassed to say!

What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?

Not getting to know my father as he died when I was ten.

What is your greatest fear?

Not doing enough.

What has been the high point of your life to date?

Getting elected to public office.

How would you like to be remembered?

As someone who never gave up.

What is your most treasured possession?

My wedding ring.

If you won the lotto what would you do with it?

Enjoy giving it away to all I love and care for.

If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?

Eradicate world poverty.

If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?

“If it has to be, it’s up to me.”