Cllr Máire Hendron said: “It is a great honour to stand for Alliance in West Belfast .
“People want politics that delivers and only Alliance can offer that.
“We can show that politics can work and provide a better future for all people and not just one side of the community. Politics should be about uniting people and not dividing them. Unfortunately other parties seem content with a divided society and community,
” Alliance is the only party that sees a shared future as our number one priority while others ignore it or just pay only lip service to it. I am contesting this election to give all those who are disillusioned with tribal politics, an opportunity to vote for a party which promotes the objective of a Shared Future for all.”
Máire Hendron was born and reared on a farm in Cloughmills County Antrim. She trained and qualified as a Home Economics teacher and taught in schools which include Assumption Convent Ballynahinch, St Monica’s on the Ravenhill Road and Rathmore Grammar School Belfast.
She has resided in Belfast all her married life with her husband Jim who is a founder member of the Alliance Party. Since its formation she has worked tirelessly for the Alliance Party, community groups and charities including the Northern Ireland Hospice. She has been active in her local church St Colmcille’s, where she chaired the Parish Council for four years.
In the local government election of May 2005, Maíre was elected to Belfast City Council as the Alliance Party Councillor for Pottinger. On the Council she serves on a number of committees including the Policy and Resources Committee, Town Planning and Health and Environment Committees. She chairs the Good Relations Partnership which is responsible for allocating European funding to local communities. As a former teacher she took particular interest in education and funding for youth provision while serving on the Belfast Education and Library Board. She sees the promotion of Belfast as a tourist destination as being of great importance to the economy of the city and supports the work of the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau.