Cara McShane has been a Sinn Féin Councillor since 2005 since topping the poll in Moyle were she served the citizens twice as Chair of the Council . In 2014 she again topped the poll winning her seat onto the new Causeway Coast and Glens Council.
A Masters graduate in Human Rights Law, she has been an advocate of many social, economic and environmental issues throughout the years in electoral politics.
Cara has been a member of Sinn Féin since she was 16 and has held many Senior Leadership roles including sitting on the Party’s National Executive.
Dermot is a determined advocate of bringing jobs and investment to the northwest of Ireland since first being elected to council in 2011. As a family man from Greysteel Dermot understands the need to provide a future for young people in the area.
As a member of the Local Action Group and the Special EU Programmes Body Dermot is acutely aware of the impact Brexit will have on both rural and border communities, and will continue campaigning for special status within the EU.
Dermot has been actively involved in delivering key projects including the state of the art sports facility at Owenbeg and the relocation of the Department of Agriculture to Ballykelly.
I have grown up in North Belfast, a product of a mixed marriage, of a Catholic father from West Belfast and a Protestant mother from East Belfast.
I am proud to have been brought up in an inclusive family environment where difference and diversity are embraced and celebrated.
It is this ethos of equality which guides me when representing my clients as a practicing solicitor.
I am the youngest son of Patrick Finucane, who was killed 28 years ago.
Since his death, my family has campaigned for truth and justice, under the dignified direction of my mother Geraldine.
Now, by standing here in North Belfast, I am continuing the work my father started, towards a just, equitable and rights based society for all.
Kieran Maxwell is a native of Larne in County Antrim . Kieran has lived in Bangor, North Down since 1990.
Kieran family background is from an Ulster Scots as well as an Irish Gaelic heritage.
He is married with 3 children who all attend local schools in the Bangor area.
Kieran qualified as a social worker in 2000 and has worked in the field of Adults with Learning Disabilities for the past 22 years.
His interests include current affairs, politics and history and he enjoys reading and researching Genealogy.
Kieran is active in local community groups and is a committed volunteer on behalf of local charities.
Kieran is a strong advocate for equality, active protection of our local environment, minority rights, respect for all citizens, regardless of race, orientation or political affiliation, protection of the most vulnerable in our society and the democratic reunification of Ireland.
A native of Donegal, Dr Peter Doran is a life-long activist on peace and environmental issues. He lectures on environmental justice at Queens University and has worked at the United Nations on climate change.
He moved to Belfast with his family, Stephanie, Oisín and Amhairghin, to lead environmental research with the Northern Ireland Assembly and later worked as a researcher and policy officer at Dáil Éireann.
Dr Doran has written extensively on environmental issues. Routledge will publish his first book, on consumerism and mindfulness, in 2017.
As a young man he spent a number of years in the Taizé Community, France, a world-renowned ecumenical monastery, dedicated to post-war reconciliation. He later organised annual acts of reconciliation in Derry working with the Catholic and Church of Ireland Bishops and Cathedrals. Peter has worked on a series of successful environmental and Fair Trade campaigns, and helped lead opposition to incineration and to the arms trade in Derry.
Peter worked closely with the Republican leadership in Derry during an early career in journalism in the 1980s, in Derry.