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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)

Ongoing General Teaching Council issues must be resolved - Sheehan24 March, 2021

‘Damaging transfer tests should be scrapped’ – Sheehan23 March, 2021

Sheehan welcomes St Mary's Grammar School decision to cancel transfer tests this autumn17 March, 2021

Numbers in Irish-medium education reflective of energetic revival of language - Sheehan11 March, 2021

Need for changes in the use of restraint and seclusion in schools - Sheehan24 February, 2021

Minister must make ambitious bid to resource education and well-being recovery strategy - Sheehan17 February, 2021

Minister must exercise caution on school reopening - Sheehan15 February, 2021

Strategy must be developed to support emotional health and well-being of children - Sheehan10 February, 2021

Strategy needed to support mental health and well-being of children and young people - Sheehan4 February, 2021

Sheehan calls on the Education Minister to extend the Engage programme29 January, 2021

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