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Pat Sheehan


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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 (730)

Programme for Government gives a green light for attacks on the most vulnerable – Adams13 October, 2009

Adams and Ó Caoláin to set out Sinn Féin position on new programme for Government12 October, 2009

Adams welcomes INLA statement11 October, 2009

No one must be left behind - Adams11 October, 2009

Adams briefs Sinn Féin leadership on policing negotiations10 October, 2009

Adams encourages attendance at Acht na Gaeilge celebration10 October, 2009

Bígí ag céiliúradh na Gaeilge i mBéal Feirste – Mac Adhaimh10 October, 2009

Adams welcomes O’Donoghue’s resignation7 October, 2009

Adams calls for Republican Participation in Truth Process7 October, 2009

Brown Visit an Opportunity which shouldn’t be thrown away - Adams4 October, 2009

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