Danielle Mcelhinney

Danielle McElhinney

Danielle lives on the north coast of Northern Ireland with husband Graham and three teenage kids. She joined the team in Northern Ireland in October 2020 and has become part of the team through the wonders of online connection. Previously, Danielle worked in administration and finance in retail and local church, but after completing a masters in communication and PR, she was keen to pursue a role in political engagement. In her role as public policy officer she hopes to highlight a broad range of issues that matter to the church and christians in Northern Ireland and to encourage Christians to engage in these issues with a voice of hope that reflects the good news message of Jesus.

“COL”: now a universal acronym

30 August 2022UK inflation rates have hit levels we haven’t seen in 30 years, eye watering energy prices are predicted to rise again, and Northern Ireland tops the list of areas in the UK where the percentage of households is predicted to fall into fuel poverty by a whopping 76.3% by January 2023. The cost-of-living crisis means that my WhatsApp groups have been repurposed and have become a directory of where to get the cheapest fuel in town and what latest household deals can be found in supermarkets and…

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Countdown to the Northern Ireland assembly elections

26 April 2022My Twitter feed is inundated with tweets from candidates out pounding the streets in sensible shoes, knocking on doors, and canvassing for every vote they can gain. They are all making the most of social media reels to let us know about the issues that they are hearing about again and again at the doors – how to fix the NHS and support mental health, tackle the cost-of-living crisis and the controversial roll out of abortion services in NI following the 2019 Abortion Bill. No surprise to find…

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Violence against women and girls (VAWG): a personal reflection and a policy response

4 February 2022Leah Houston is in her second year studying theology at Belfast Bible College and currently on placement with us at the Evangelical Alliance NI. Here, Leah shares her thoughts and feelings considering the murder of Ashling Murphy: “It could have been my friend, it could have been my sister, it could have been me. The unjust killing of Ashling Murphy is unfortunately just another reminder to every young girl in the country that our greatest fear when we are out and about now isn`t if we will get…

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Summary of response to the Climate Change Bill 2021

27 July 2021"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." Genesis 2:15 As Christians we believe that there is a clear biblical mandate to care for creation. God has given human beings a unique responsibility to act in a way that looks after and looks out for His creation. We are called to be stewards and take care of the earth that God has given us. “The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than…

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