Author: Claire Hanna

Free pre-school childcare allowance needs to be increased

Nichola Mallon and I have proposed a costed increase in the basic free allowance of pre-school childcare from 12.5 hours to 20 hours per week, with a view to further increasing it to 30 hours – it makes sense economically and socially.

Claire Hanna MLA for South Belfast

I’m delighted to have been elected to represent South Belfast and was overwhelmed at the First Preference vote I received, polling second in the highly competitive South Belfast race, and the support and goodwill of so many people.

Some thoughts on Easter Rising commemoration

In marking Easter 2016 and the wider ‘Decade of Centenaries’, the challenge remains to consign to history the acceptability of violence for political ends, and to embrace the complexity of shared history.

Hope and encouragement at Breakfast

With two small kids and a heavy assembly workload I don’t travel much these days but was very glad I took a few days out to attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

World AIDS Day: Keeping HIV and AIDS on the agenda

Today is an opportunity to ensure we keep HIV and AIDS education, awareness and treatment on the agenda, both publicly and politically; to ensure vital fundraising is undertaken to enable research as well as provide support for those people living with the disease locally and globally.

Trident is no defence in a modern age

Trident, we’re told, is the UK’s insurance policy in an “uncertain” world. A relic of Cold War geo-politics, the £167billion it will cost to renew could be considerably better spent on problems we are certain about.

The challenge of the ‘Decade of Centenaries’

Four years into the ‘Decade of Centenaries’, the challenge remains to consign to history the acceptability of violence for political ends, and to embrace the complexity of shared history.

Rates reform needed to stop high street decline

Many small businesses feel the Assembly is ignoring the reality of what is happening on our high streets and sidestepping the decisions that need to be made to bring entrepreneurs and vibrancy back to our high streets.