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All the best: Danny Kennedy on his favourite things

By Kerry McKittrick

Published 15/06/2015

Danny Kennedy
Danny Kennedy

The 55-year-old Transport Minister lives in Bessbrook with wife Karen and children, Stephen (25), Phillip (22) and Hannah (17).

My best moment

My wedding day in 1988. We had a great day and I would do it all over again if I had the chance.

My best song

Adele's Someone Like You. I like both the words and the music, but the way Adele sings it is particularly poignant.

My best job

My current post as Transport Minister - I've been in it now for four-and-a-half-years. I've had a great opportunity to meet people and to improve issues such as public transport here. It's also a huge privilege to be part of the Executive as a minister.

My best way to relax

A spot of cycling when we're down at the caravan, just outside Kilkeel. There's the wonderful scenery of the Mournes down there, but we also have the rolling hills of south Armagh closer to home.

My best bit of advice

When I was elected 30 years ago, the best piece of advice came from my late father. He told me that I need to work with people, not against them. He said this to me when I was first elected to council in 1985, and it's been sound advice ever since, both personally and politically.

My best gift

About 20 years ago, my now late mother-in-law bought me a leather cover for the Radio Times - it protects the magazine so it doesn't get battered. It's a very important thing for me, but the family find it funny.

My best achievement

Helping to achieve city status for Newry ­- I was very much part of lobbying for that and it was awarded for the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002.

My best buy

It was my first car, a banged-up red Simca I bought in my early 20s. It was a new lease of life for me. I thought the world was at my feet when I got it.

My best film

The King's Speech is my favourite. I've spoken before about having difficulties with a speech impediment, so I was able to identify with this. I also saw the play with Jason Donovan at the Grand Opera House in Belfast recently and that was wonderful, too. I do like films and have shelves of DVDs I never have time to watch.

My best book

That would be the Bible. I do like to read other books too, mostly political books and biographies. One of my favourites is the memoirs of Roy Jenkins. He had such a distinguished political career, having held offices of state and forming the Social Democrats. It was very interesting and well written.

  • Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has launched Bike Week 2015 which will be running until June 21. Bike Week will see events taking place all across Northern Ireland to celebrate cycling. Visit

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