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The Big Ask with Linda Ervine: 'Sectarianism a cancer which has destroyed our country and it seems to be on the rise yet again'

In this week's interview we talk to Linda Ervine (59) from east Belfast who leads the Irish language project Turas. She is married to the former leader of the PUP, Brian Ervine

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Eager to learn: Linda Ervine

Eager to learn: Linda Ervine

Eager to learn: Linda Ervine

Q Tell us about your childhood.

A My father was a sheet metal worker and my mother worked in Ewart's Mill before she got married. In the mid-Sixties she got a job as a shop assistant and worked in Marks & Spencer for the rest of her days. I have one older brother, Michael.

We started off living on the Newtownards Road and then moved to Belvoir estate. My parents' split up when I was about seven and then there was a bit of shifting about. I went to live with one grandparent, then my other grandparents, and I lived with my father for a while.


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