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Chris Hazzard


Chris Hazzard


Born and raised on the outskirts of Drumaness, Chris is the eldest of 4 children and was educated at Our Lady & St Patrick’s College, Knock, before moving on to Queens University Belfast, where he is currently finishing his Doctorate in International Studies & Political Philosophy.

Having joined the Assembly at just 27 years old, his co-option means he is one of the youngest political representatives in Ireland.

He is fully aware of the challenges facing many isolated rural communities across South Down, and feels that institutions such as the GAA can continue to play a leading role in sustaining a vital sense of identity and promoting community development.

Having joined his local Sinn Féin cumann as a teenager, Chris has been part of a remarkable growth in Republican politics across the county in the last decade. Involved in a continuous push to better the lives of all people living in South Down, he takes special pride in his role as a community activist on the ground in Drumaness, Ballynahinch and Loughinisland.

Speaking at his selection convention Chris said:

“I joined Sinn Féin as a young person because I was determined that I could make a difference, that I could play my part in building a better Ireland. I possessed a passionate hostility to the injustices of rampant capitalism and the greed of egocentric politicians who appeared to care little for me, the ordinary man.”

Portfolio: Education Spokesperson
Stormont Committees: Education & Public Accounts

Constituency Office details:
64 St Patrick’s Avenue
Downpatrick, Co Down
BT30 6ND
Phone: 02844614405
Mon – Fri 930am to 330pm
Office email:

Stormont contact details:
Room 335, Parliament Buildings
Stormont, Belfast

Statements (128)

Fresh momentum needed to deliver change in South Down - Hazzard27 March, 2015

DUP's Simpson out of step with 1916 comments20 March, 2015

Congressman's determination on exposing collusion welcomed20 March, 2015

Chris Hazzard speech to live section of Ard Fheis7 March, 2015

Hazzard welcomes minister's commitment to STEM subjects2 March, 2015

Huge rally a testament to local demand for Downe future - Hazzard14 February, 2015

Hazzard calls for support for 'Love Downe' rally11 February, 2015

Additional Education funding will alleviate pressures on schools - Hazzard9 February, 2015

Academic excellence can be achieved without selection9 February, 2015

Political unionism more concerned with outdated tests than children’s development - Hazzard29 January, 2015

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