South Antrim - Mitchell McLaughlin
Mitchel McLaughlin lives in the Bogside area of Derry City with his wife Mary-Lou and they have three sons.
A member of the Party's Ard Chomhairle (National Executive), Mitchel is Sinn Fein's General Secretary. In this role he plays a major role in overseeing the political development of the party.
Mitchel became politically active in the Civil Rights Association in 1968. He was also a leading member of the National H-Blocks Committee (a committee organised to campaign around the prison protests of the late 70's and early 80's).
He has played a central role in formulating Sinn Fein's current peace strategy and was instrumental in the drawing up of our two peace documents, Scenario for Peace (1989) and Towards a Lasting Peace in Ireland (1992). He is one of Sinn Fein's main spokespersons on the peace process and travels widely to speak on behalf of the party.
He was elected to Derry City Council in 1985 and as an Assembly member for Foyle in the 1998 and 2003 elections. He was a member of the Assembly's Environment Committee and is party spokesperson on the Environment. He polled 119,384 votes in the June 1999 European Union elections.