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Pat Sheehan MLA


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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 (163)

Children in our schools paying the price for ‘damaging and irreparable’ Tory cuts - Sheehan25 April, 2023

‘Savage cuts to Extended Schools deeply unacceptable’ - Sheehan20 April, 2023

'Children and young people paying price for savage Tory Budget cuts' – Sheehan30 March, 2023

British government needs to properly invest in our public services - Sheehanv24 March, 2023

Cuts to long-running education schemes 'extremely disappointing' - Sheehan23 March, 2023

Cuts to school counselling service will negatively impact young people – Sheehan16 March, 2023

Vital holiday hunger payments must continue - Sheehan13 March, 2023

Teachers entitled to fair pay and working conditions – Sheehan21 February, 2023

Sheehan urges parties to implement ‘Dáithí’s Law’ as Assembly recall tabled10 February, 2023

Housing Executive staff entitled to fair pay award – Sheehan18 November, 2022

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