Martina Anderson to take over from Bairbre de Brun as MEP?

Looks like the one big prize in Northern Ireland for Sinn Fein is going to Martina Anderson who will succeed Bairbre de Brun as sitting MEP. Others mentioned in dispatches include Catriona Ruane, whom some commentators felt would have been out of her depth in Brussels and Strasbourg.

A competent and safe pair of hands [“except when it comes to non existent sectarianism, apparently, in Golf Clubs” – Ed], Ms Anderson leaves a gap in her native Derry for a new pair of hands to take over… But, as she also notes: “while the MEP represents all of the people of the Six Cos., I will continue to promote Derry.”

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