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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 (151)

Sheehan encourages people to take part in online hunger strike commemoration30 July, 2020

Roll out of testing for care staff and residents welcome – Sheehan28 July, 2020

Sheehan raises staff safety concerns over improper PPE training23 July, 2020

Sheehan welcomes announcement of soft opt-out organ donation consultation22 July, 2020

Sheehan ‘seriously concerned’ at treatment of Palestinian prisoner18 July, 2020

Sheehan working on bill to encourage public to sign up for organ donation30 June, 2020

FIT testing failures deeply concerning - Sheehan24 June, 2020

Passenger Locator forms must be introduced for all arrivals onto the island - Sheehan2 June, 2020

Sheehan extends solidarity to hunger strikers in Turkish prison29 May, 2020

Sheehan expresses concern over Basque hunger strike22 May, 2020

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