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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 (789)

Sheehan calls for urgent traffic control measures on Springfield Road5 January, 2021

Sheehan extends condolences following West Belfast road death4 January, 2021

Sheehan welcomes statutory inquiry into neurology scandal24 November, 2020

Sheehan welcomes planning approval for West Belfast housing development17 November, 2020

Sheehan expresses condolences following death of Palestinian prisoner13 November, 2020

Sheehan welcomes £1.2 million funding for Irish language groups4 November, 2020

Palestinian hunger strike reaches ‘critical stage’ – Sheehan26 October, 2020

Sheehan calls for release of Palestinian prisoner9 October, 2020

Sheehan slams plans for more illegal Israeli settlements7 October, 2020

Sheehan calls for increased organ donation registration 8 September, 2020

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