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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 (157)

Stormont House Agreement legacy mechanisms must be implemented in full - Sheehan29 September, 2021

Department of Education must meet its statutory duty to Irish Medium Education – Pat Sheehan28 September, 2021

Transfer tests should be scrapped not combined – Sheehan22 September, 2021

Sheehan meets school principals and teachers17 September, 2021

Education Minister must appear before committee over contact tracing failures - Sheehan16 September, 2021

‘DUP panic and recklessness costing communities a billion’ – Sheehan15 September, 2021

Assembly to be recalled on need to support schools - Sheehan7 September, 2021

Assembly should be recalled on Covid19 guidance for schools - Sheehan6 September, 2021

Sheehan requests urgent meeting over COVID-19 cases within schools3 September, 2021

Sheehan welcomes £21m investment in special schools2 September, 2021

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