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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 (297)

Ruane welcomes Gerry Adams' Dáil invite to Narrow Water Bridge Committee25 May, 2016

Ruane honoured to be elected as Principal Deputy Speaker13 May, 2016

Ruane calls on health minister to lift blood ban17 March, 2016

Ruane welcomes first ever women's caucus in the Assembly8 March, 2016

Ruane holds positive meeting with Narrow Water Bridge Community Network19 February, 2016

Sinn Féin will support amendments to Justice Bill - Ruane10 February, 2016

Vitally important to encourage more women into politics - Ruane14 January, 2016

More women needed in politics14 January, 2016

Ruane calls for increased role for women in politics12 January, 2016

Ban against gay men becoming blood donors should be lifted - Ruane11 December, 2015

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