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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 (139)

‘Children with no school places need certainty from education minister’ – Sheehan23 June, 2022

Sheehan welcomes uniform grant increase20 June, 2022

Pat Sheehan MLA to attend UN Peace Building Conference in New York20 June, 2022

Sheehan calls on DUP Education Minister to extend Engage II programme for schools15 June, 2022

Free school meal payments over summer holidays welcome- Sheehan7 June, 2022

Sinn Féin submit Assembly recall motion to tackle cost of living - Sheehan25 May, 2022

Sinn Féin submit Assembly recall motion to tackle cost of living25 May, 2022

DUP must end Executive boycott to support children with autism- Sheehan20 May, 2022

Executive needed to extend free school meal payments- Sheehan16 May, 2022

Executive needed to support children with Special Educational Needs- Sheehan31 March, 2022

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