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Pat Sheehan is a 57-year-old Gaeilgeoir who spent 18 years in prison during which he was on the blanket protest and on hunger strike twice in 1980 and 1981.

In 1981 he went for 55 days without food and was critically ill before a halt was called to the hunger strike.

Pat is a keen GAA enthusiast and played for Antrim minor footballers and also won championship medals in hurling and football with his club St Galls.

In prison Pat gained a degree in philosophy and politics with first class honours.

Upon release in 1998 he became active in Sinn Féin and worked for the republican exprisoners organisation Coiste na n-Iarchími.
Pat was co-opted to the Assembly to replace Gerry Adams and was re-elected in 2011.

A member of the Policing Board, Pat also sits on the Assembly's Education Committee.

He has been to the fore in calling for truth and justice for the families of the Ballymurphy and Springhill massacres.

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Adams extends sympathy to family of west Belfast man5 August, 2008

Engaging with the DUP5 August, 2008

Gerry Adams to launch Sinn Féin's 'Text to Join' initiative tomorrow4 August, 2008

Adams Extends best wishes to Belfast Pride29 July, 2008

Gerry Adams to Launch Sinn Fein 'Text to Join' Initiative23 July, 2008

Sarkozy has listened, now Cowen must act - Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, MP MLA21 July, 2008

Sarkozy Must Listen and Cowen must Act21 July, 2008

Brian Cowen needs to tell President Sarkozy that a new treaty is required18 July, 2008

Gerry Adams extends condolences to family of Seamus Brennan9 July, 2008

Regional Suicide-Prevention Help line goes live31 January, 2008

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