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May flags up her credentials to become NI's first President

By Jonny Bell

Eamonn Holmes has suggested Northern Ireland needs a President-like figurehead, someone we can all get behind - and one potential candidate has set out her stall for the top job.

"Roll on May Day," said Belfast's favourite battleaxe May McFettridge. And she is not pulling any punches. Serious manifesto pledges include decent pensions for women, better health care for the elderly, shops opening longer - to reduce unemployment and tap into the tourist trade - and the easing of drinking laws.

May won't take any nonsense from the politicos up on the Hill, saying she'll get involved if needs be and deliver a much-needed "big kick up the backside".

And she warned: "They need to respect each other, and keep talking, otherwise..."

Currently in our online poll May is running just behind Dame Mary Peters. "Mary would make a good President," she conceded. "She could be the first President and me the Deputy President."

Of the other contenders, she added: "Stephen Nolan would enjoy getting his big spoon out to stir the pot up, Rory (McIlroy) and Michael O'Neill would be good statesmen, and Pam Ballantine would have us all riding horses.

"I once did panto with Julian (Simmons) when he was the baddie, and sure he wouldn't harm a fly - he's not the worst."

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