On Friday we received sad news that Baroness Blood had passed away.
Born in Belfast in 1938, May Blood was a lifelong and tireless campaigner for good causes, including the Peace Process, the Women’s Coalition and various campaigns to support the unemployed and under-privileged. In 1999 she became the first woman in Northern Ireland to be awarded a life peerage.
Baroness Blood was an equally passionate advocate for integrated education. Speaking here in 2009, she saw the movement as a vital step towards a better future. Over the years she provided great support to students at Shimna through her work with the Integrated Education Fund. In assemblies this week we will be paying thanks for her life and good work.