Category: News

NAMA — we need immediate action

The Assembly Finance Committee met again last week to discuss issues arising from the the sale of the NAMA loan portfolio, and in light of yet more revelations on BBC’s Spotlight programme, the SDLP has reiterated our call for a comprehensive inquiry with a firm all-island dimension — if ever there was a North/South issue it is this.

Initial exhausted thoughts on our new order.

My overwhelming feelings this morning are still shock and anxiety, but despair is going to get us nowhere. I felt for days and months that this referendum wasn’t won but never really allowed myself think of the emotional consequences and real complexities – we warned about a carnival of reaction that would follow Brexit and the best we can do now is try to put some decent shape on what follows.

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.