Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

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Chris Hazzard: Sinn Fein, South Down

Chris Hazzard
Chris Hazzard

One of four new Sinn Fein MLAs, Chris replaced Willie Clarke who stood down to focus on local council work. A graduate in political philosophy from Queen's University, he is also a member of the GAA.

Why did you want to become an MLA?

I take great pride in my role as a community activist on the ground in South Down.

Apart from work and family what are your main passions in life?

I am a life-long member of the GAA through my local club, Drumaness GAC. Having represented the club at all levels, I am inspired by the community work the club carries out and I believe strongly GAA clubs can continue to play a leading role in sustaining a vital sense of identity and promoting community development.

What single issue would you champion in the Assembly?

The economy. This is no different in South Down where our county town has suffered as a result of direct rule negligence and egocentric politicians.

What, if anything, is in most urgent need of change in the Stormont system?

From my first day I was struck by the feeling that Stormont is 'too male, pale, and stale'. This reflects what we need to change.

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