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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 (807)

Adams welcomes High Court detention ruling25 March, 2009

Consultative Group on the Past report is deeply flawed - Adams25 March, 2009

Adams calls for suspects to be charged or released23 March, 2009

Gerry Adams comments on the death of Cllr Maire Moore21 March, 2009

Adams presents President Obama with Special Booklet made by west Belfast children and young people18 March, 2009

Adams Meets Hillary Clinton and Congressional leaders18 March, 2009

Adams welcomes Major Investment for North16 March, 2009

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP, MLA remarks at the National Press Club Washington, DC this morning March 16th 200916 March, 2009

Sinn Féin delegation meets with An Taoiseach12 March, 2009

Adams supports ‘The People’s Forest’ Project11 March, 2009

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