For 39 years Baroness May Blood MBE worked in a local mill as a cutter, during which time she was an active trade unionist. In 1990 she became a full-time community worker. She is a passionate advocate for those living with the effects of poverty, particularly in relation to housing, unemployment and early years education. May was a founder member of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition and of the Coalition’s Talks Team during the multi-party talks, which culminated with the Good Friday Agreement. May speaks to Ann Hope about her life and tells of her experiences giving us an insight into the times she has lived through.

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