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Pat Sheehan


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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 (770)

Pat Sheehan welcomes UN resolution on illegal Israeli settlements24 December, 2016

Sheehan disappointed at Coroner's ruling in Pearse Jordan case7 November, 2016

Shotgun recovered from children's play park - Sheehan13 October, 2016

Bank of Ireland closure of IPSC unacceptable - Sheehan6 October, 2016

Israeli policy of Administrative Detention must end following hunger strikes - Sheehan23 September, 2016

Sheehan criticises decision to deny him entry to Gaza24 August, 2016

International community have responsibility to support Palestinian people - Sheehan19 August, 2016

Pat Sheehan hits out as hunger strikers’ posters defaced13 August, 2016

Sheehan calls for immediate release of Palestinian hunger striker8 August, 2016

Sinn Féin will continue to raise the concerns of the Palestinian people4 August, 2016

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