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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 requests urgent meeting with EA on school places11 July, 2023

‘Families need urgent certainty over school places’ – Sheehan6 July, 2023

DUP's blockade Executive will result in children going hungry this summer - Sheehan27 June, 2023

Massive hikes in cleaning costs yet another blow to schools - Sheehan23 June, 2023

Savage Tory cuts impacting ability to hire more SEN staff - Sheehan7 June, 2023

Proposed budget cuts for Special Educational Needs support ‘deeply concerning’- Sheehan5 June, 2023

Sheehan welcomes news that youth and early years cuts will be halted1 June, 2023

'Pause on building new post-primary schools a huge blow' – Sheehan31 May, 2023

Shortfall in special school numbers consequence of immoral Tory cuts - Sheehan8 May, 2023

Sheehan calls on International community to act following death of Palestinian Hunger Striker Khader Adnan3 May, 2023

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