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Caitríona Ruane, a native of Mayo, has been an assembly representative for south Down since 2003. Caitríona was appointed Minister for Education in 2007 where she led the badly needed reform of the education system.

She worked in Central America  (El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras) from 1983-87 as an international aid worker. Upon her return to Ireland she worked with Trócaire, before founding a human rights Centre in West Belfast.

Caitríona was an international observer which saw Nelson Mandela elected President of South Africa. She was the director of Féile an Phobail, a founder of St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Belfast. She chaired the Bring Them Home Campaign. In 2000 President Mary McAleese presented Caitríona with the Aisling Person of the Year Award. She is now the Sinn Féin Chief whip and a member of the Policing Board.

Statements (311)

Ruane not putting name forward for selection15 January, 2017

Ruane welcomes funding for Burren and Kilcoo community hubs13 December, 2016

Outdoor Education Centres provide vital service to South Down - Ruane29 November, 2016

Dialogue key to ending conflict - Ruane10 October, 2016

Ruane expresses sympathies following Warrenpoint death30 September, 2016

Women's health and welfare needs to be prioritised - Ruane26 September, 2016

Proactive steps needed to encourage women into leadership roles – Ruane23 September, 2016

Hinkley Point potential danger to people living in Ireland - Ruane15 September, 2016

Ruane expresses concern over safety of Sellafield5 September, 2016

Ruane expresses concern over Hinkley Point nuclear plant28 July, 2016

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