Malachai was selected by the party membership following an Annual General Meeting today (10th March 2019).
Speaking about his new role he said;
“I am proud to take on the role as Green Party Deputy Leader, supporting Clare Bailey MLA. Clare has brought new energy to the party since she took up the leadership mantle – there is a real enthusiasm amongst party members and supporters.
“Our focus is on the local government elections in May and we stand a real chance of seeing new Green Party councillors step up on behalf of their local communities.
“Clare and the party are also focussed on tackling the really big challenges out there – catastrophic climate change, Brexit and lack of progress on equality issues here in Northern Ireland.
“My background is in community leadership and I am a long standing LGBTQ activist. I have been on the board of local suicide prevention charity Lighthouse since 2011.
“I’m North Belfast born and bred and I’m a passionate advocate for communities that suffered the most during the conflict and who continue to face challenges, despite relative peace. These are proud communities but austerity, lack of clean, green spaces and mental ill health are testing people day and daily.
“Green means taking on the challenges and I’m ready to do just that.”
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs