Courageous Kate Carroll may run for a seat at Stormont
The widow of Constable Stephen Carroll has revealed that she is considering running for a seat in Stormont as a way to keep her husband's memory alive.
Speaking as she helped launch this year's Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year awards, Kate Carroll (60) said that she would talk to dissident republicans if it would help end their campaign.
Mrs Carroll said that after the death of her husband she had been thrust into the public eye and now hopes to use that platform to "fight for the ordinary man and woman in the street".
She said winning last year's awards inspired her and helped give her some purpose in her life.
"That evening I looked around at all the other ladies there and all the great work they had been doing," she said. "I had been entered in the Inspirational Woman of the Year category and I honestly couldn't think how I had inspired any one.
"As far as I was concerned I was just getting through. But getting the award give me a boost and made me think that maybe I did have something important to say -- and if so, then I needed to get out there and say it.
"Through no desire of my own I'd been thrust into the public eye, but now that I have that platform I might as well make the most of it.
She added: "I've never been remotely interested in politics in my life before but it would be very interesting and rewarding to fight for the ordinary man and woman in the street here."
And what would her husband have made of her plans to pursue a political career?
"He'd be very proud of me, very proud of the way I was continuing to fight his corner."