Deirdre Hargey has been involved in community and political activity in South Belfast for her entire adult life including the successful local campaign for “Sunshine not Skyscrapers” in the Market area.
From 2010 to 2019 she was a Belfast City Councillor for the Botanic DEA. Deirdre was honoured in 2018 to be elected as Mayor of Belfast.
In that role, she championed a rights-based agenda, including the Irish language, marriage equality, LGBT rights, and women’s and workers’ rights.
In December 2019, Deirdre became an MLA for South Belfast and was soon appointed as Minister of Communities in the Executive.
As the pandemic began, Deirdre immediately ensured measures were taken to protect the North’s most vulnerable people and sectors, and as Minister she has introduced the biggest shake-up of the housing system in the North in 50 years.
She is currently working on legislation to protect renters from eviction and poor housing standards.
Deirdre was also central to the process to bring the long-awaited Casement Park redevelopment to fruition.
Latest news from Deirdre
‘New pub opening hours bring laws into 21st century’
Sinn Féin’s Deirdre Hargey has said the beginning of normal opening pub opening hours at Easter has brought our laws into the 21st century. The communities minister said: “For the first time, pubs will be able to open and close on normal hours over the Easter weekend...
Executive required to support workers and families with energy price hikes
Sinn Féin's Deirdre Hargey has requested further funding from the Department of Finance to support workers and families facing massive energy price increases. The Communities Minister said: "Today's news of further increases in energy prices is deeply worrying and...
Families and workers affected by Finaghy disruption
Sinn Féin MLA Deirdre Hargey has said that a security alert at Finaghy Train station in South Belfast has brought disruption to the lives of local people and businesses in the area. A suspicious object was reported to be found in the area with police attending the...