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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 (772)

British government must face its responsibilities over Finucane murder - Sheehan26 June, 2015

Lamppost law must apply to everyone16 June, 2015

Forthcoming Turkish elections opportunity to advance peace - Sheehan5 June, 2015

British government in the dock on legacy issues - Sheehan12 March, 2015

British government block grant reductions now being felt in education - Sheehan5 March, 2015

Sheehan condemns west Belfast shooting18 February, 2015

Laverty verdict further highlights need for Ballymurphy Massacre inquiry - Sheehan10 February, 2015

PSNI must cooperate with inquests - Sheehan19 January, 2015

PSNI must provide evidence to Brown inquest9 January, 2015

New PSNI legacy unit will not have public confidence - Sheehan4 December, 2014

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