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Karen Bradley is 'Derry Girl' for a day in visit to city

By Staff Reporter

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley was a Derry Girl yesterday as the MP met students from Thornhill College.

The old convent school at Thornhill was the inspiration as the educational backdrop for hit Channel Four comedy and was attended by the show's writer, Lisa McGee.

Ms Bradley admitted she was a fan of the show as she visited the all-girls school and posed for selfies with students.

"Derry Girls is just such a great series, and it's really put Derry-Londonderry on the map," the MP said.

"Meeting the students at Thornhill - the real life Derry Girls - what an amazing treat.

"They are impressive young women who will go on and do fantastic things.

"I was grateful and pleased that I could try and answer their questions, and they did have some good questions. They really made the point about how important it is to them to see devolved government return, and the real impact that the lack of government is having on their lives."

The NI Secretary was also told about how the name Bradley comes from the area.

"We know my husband's family came from somewhere nearby but we've never been able to pin down exactly where," she said. "Maybe I'm an honorary Derry Girl, by marriage."

In the ongoing absence of a deal to resurrect the coalition executive, Mrs Bradley is preparing to step in to pass a budget for the region's rudderless public services later this week.

She is also due to make an announcement on whether the pay of Assembly members will be reduced.

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