First elected to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council in 2019, Sorcha was also Alliance candidate for the Westminster election later that year, achieving Alliance’s best-ever result in the constituency.
A lifelong resident of Lagan Valley, she has worked with many people and organisations across the constituency on a range of issues, including mental health, education, jobs and climate change.
Sorcha is a champion for young and vulnerable people, having worked hard on improving youth employment, youth mental health and safeguarding issues.
Sorcha's priorities for Lagan Valley
1. Education and Young People
Sorcha knows our young people need better outcomes, often facing a lack of facilities and opportunities. She has been pushing for improvements so we have an education system which means every school is a good school.
Health is a priority for Sorcha, whether making sure our health service sees reform and investment while remaining free at the point of delivery, or creating a mental health strategy for Northern Ireland. She will continue working to improve and protect the service for constituents.
3. Climate Change
Sorcha is an advocate for acting now to prevent the climate emergency. She is a strong voice for taking urgent action to protect the planet’s biodiversity, green energy and sustainability for future generations, in Lagan Valley and across the globe.
David has been an Alliance Councillor on Lisburn Castlereagh City Council since May 2019 and is currently Vice-Chair of the Leisure and Communities Committee. He is passionate about helping people excel in all areas of their lives, giving them a voice, bringing change, uniting communities and just getting stuff done for people.
He works in construction and has been self-employed for 25 years.
David is currently the Development Officer at Glenavy GAC, and was presented with the Club Member of the Year Award in 2018.
He has worked to bring support to key charities, including Lisburn Foodbank and Emerge Mental Health Charity. During his short time in council he has pioneered local change, including the Sunday opening of the council-owned football pitches in Lisburn.
David has a reputation for getting things done. He has successfully supported several sports clubs and community groups with funding applications.
David's priorities for Lagan Valley
David has lobbied to create a new large economic zone strategically positioned off a new Knockmore Link Road. On the M1/A1 Belfast/Dublin corridor, this would create the opportunity for capital investment, new business opportunities providing high-skilled jobs in our city.
2. Active Travel
David has consistently lobbied for improved Greenways and active travel opportunities within Lagan Valley connecting places via cycle, running or walking.
David has published proposals for local rail infrastructure and interconnection on this Island. These included opening the Knockmore Hub and reopening the Knockmore line as a Greater Belfast Circle Line. This will help to connect rural communities.