8 Questions with... Mick Wallace

Mick Wallace (IE, GUE/NLG) is a member of Parliament’s ENVI Committee and SEDE Subcommittee.
Mick Wallace | Photo credit: European Parliament Audiovisual

1. Who have you worked with that has most inspired you in your career, and how?
My father, he taught me the value of honesty. He showed me how to enjoy working hard, how to enjoy life and how you mix both.

2. What is the smallest change you have made in your career that has had the biggest positive result?
I went hitchhiking in Latin America for five months when I was seventeen/eighteen- most of the time with no money. I saw US Imperialism first-hand, and how unfairly the world is organised.

3. What one item would you save from your house or apartment/if it was on fire? (Apart from your photo album) 
My passport- I don’t like my freedom of movement restricted by anyone or anywhere.

4. How would you describe your political/leadership style in three words? 
Rough and ready.

5. Is there anything you have personally achieved or done that would surprise people?  
I managed and coached football all my life at different levels, from under 16 up to senior level. I managed various under-18 teams for 37 years without a break and managed to win six All Ireland Championships.

6. What is the most humbling thing you have experienced in your career?  
Seeing some amazing people show 100 percent humility at all times, no matter the circumstances.

7. What do you do in your free time to relax and unwind?
Read, cook and eat well, drink good, honest wine and beer.

8. What was the most inspirational and influential book you have read and why?
Hard to answer, I may pick three: Ulysses by James Joyce, The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Germinal by Emile Zola. Why? they all taught me much about life. 

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