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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.

Statements (130)

Sheehan calls for guidance and contingency plans for schools3 December, 2021

Sheehan commends the family of Francis Rowntree30 November, 2021

Sheehan welcomes £5 million funding boost to support mental health in schools18 November, 2021

Sheehan urges Education Minister to get behind his Holiday Hunger Bill17 November, 2021

Sheehan calls for cut to schools uniform costs10 November, 2021

Sheehan condemns burning of car on Shankill Road5 November, 2021

Loyalist stunt at West Belfast interface a dangerous and provocative act – Sheehan3 November, 2021

Sheehan meets Education Authority on special educational needs3 November, 2021

Primary school counselling pilot welcome but more needs to be done - Sheehan2 November, 2021

Teachers should enjoy the same protections as other workers- Sheehan27 October, 2021

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