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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)

Sheehan welcomes funding boost for Special Educational Needs20 January, 2022

Sheehan hails progress on Integrated Education Bill19 January, 2022

Education minister must act now to support safe re-opening of schools - Sheehan10 January, 2022

Minister must bring forward a plan to keep schools safe- Sheehan7 January, 2022

Sheehan welcomes Assembly recall on safe school return plan6 January, 2022

‘Essential we have a plan for safe school return’ - Sheehan in bid to recall Assembly5 January, 2022

Minister must revisit COVID plan so schools can remain open safely - Sheehan3 January, 2022

“Urgent need for new approach to Covid in schools” - Sheehan1 January, 2022

Sheehan welcomes Bog Meadows upgrade proposals28 December, 2021

Sheehan condemns West Belfast shooting18 December, 2021

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