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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 (156)

Sheehan - Hungry and vulnerable children are the latest victims of the DUP's shameful protocol protest16 March, 2022

Sheehan hails passage of Integrated Education Bill9 March, 2022

DUP plans to veto Integrated Education Bill a ‘shameful stunt’ – Sheehan7 March, 2022

Sheehan welcomes progress on bill to make period products free2 March, 2022

Sheehan welcomes further progress on Integrated Education Bill24 February, 2022

Sheehan welcomes green light for Irish assembly translation24 February, 2022

Proposed cuts to Irish language youth groups must be scrapped - Pat Sheehan22 February, 2022

Progress on bill to scrap General Teaching Council welcome - Sheehan22 February, 2022

Work set to begin on Belfast Transport Hub - Sheehan15 February, 2022

Action plan needed to support children and young people reach their full potential - Sheehan10 February, 2022

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