50:50 NI Meets Cara Hunter 

This week 50:50 NI meets Cara Hunter. As a former councillor and deputy mayor, in 2020 Cara became MLA for East Derry at the age of just 25. Cara is passionate about mental health and access to mental health services. She is currently the SDLP spokesperson for health. Have you always been interested in politics?Continue reading “50:50 NI Meets Cara Hunter “

50:50 NI Meets Nichola Mallon

This week 50:50 NI Meets Nichola Mallon. Nichola has had a very impressive political journey so far; Nichola is currently deputy leader of the SDLP and has been MLA for Belfast North since 2016. Nichola was also Lord Mayor of Belfast from 2014 to 2015. Have you always been interested in politics?  I have alwaysContinue reading “50:50 NI Meets Nichola Mallon”

50:50 NI meets Paula Bradley

This week 50:50 NI meets Paula Bradley. Paula is a Democratic Unionist Party politician in the Northern Ireland Assembly. She has been a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Belfast North since 2011. So, my first question is, have you always been political?  I grew up in a household that was not political in anyContinue reading “50:50 NI meets Paula Bradley”

50:50 NI Meets Rachel Woods

We are back with the 50:50 NI Interview series. This week 50:50 NI meets Rachel Woods. Rachel is the Green Party MLA for North Down and served on Ards and North Down Borough Council before becoming a Member of the Legislative Assembly.  Have you always been interested in politics?  No, I was not always interestedContinue reading “50:50 NI Meets Rachel Woods”

50:50 NI Meets Sinéad McLaughlin

This week 50:50 NI meets Sinead McLaughlin. Sinead MLA is an SDLP politician who has served as Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Foyle constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly since January 2020. She is the SDLP’s spokesperson for the economy and energy, the deputy chair of the Northern Ireland Assembly’s economy committee and is a former chief executive of Londonderry Chamber of Commerce. HaveContinue reading “50:50 NI Meets Sinéad McLaughlin”

50:50 NI Meets Emma Sheerin

This is the second instalment of the series and this week 50:50 NI meets Emma Sheerin. Emma is a Sinn Féin MLA for Mid Ulster, and the party’s assembly spokesperson on Equality and Human Rights. A PPE Graduate of QUB, she’s been a Sinn Féin activist since her teenage years, and feels that human rights areContinue reading “50:50 NI Meets Emma Sheerin”

Women, Stormont, and The Good Friday Agreement: Why Northern Ireland Needs More Women in Politics

Despite women’s right to political participation being enshrined in The Good Friday Agreement, women’s representation in the region remains low. Women make up only 33% of MLAs in Stormont.   While The Good Friday Agreement does highlight the rights of women to full and equal political participation, this is the only time that gender is mentionedContinue reading “Women, Stormont, and The Good Friday Agreement: Why Northern Ireland Needs More Women in Politics”