In May 2022, Sinn Fein became the first nationalist party to win the most seats in the Assembly, entitling the party’s vice-president Michelle O’Neill to take the first minster position. The Democratic Unionist Party came second but refused to nominate a deputy first minister. Without both roles at the head of Northern Ireland’s Executive being filled, the governing body cannot function. As the latest deadline to restore the power-sharing executive is missed, what next? How can this crisis be resolved? What does it take win a Westminster seat?

We discussed these questions and more with the SDLP MP for South Belfast, Claire Hanna, as part of our Women in Public Life Power Hour series.

Claire was elected in December 2019 and serves as a member on the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee and is the SDLP’s spokesperson for Europe and International Affairs.