Pat Sheehan is a 63-year-old lifelong Republican activist. A Gaeilgeoir, Pat spent 18 years in prison during which he was on the blanket protest and on hunger strike twice during 1980 and 1981.
In 1981 Pat was on hunger strike in Long Kesh for 55 days and was critically ill when the Hunger Strikes were ended.
He is a GAA enthusiast, who played for Antrim football minors and won championship medals in hurling and football with his local club, Saint Galls GAC.
Whilst in prison Pat gained a degree in philosophy and politics, with first class honours.
He was co-opted to the Assembly to replace Gerry Adams as an MLA in 2010 and he has since been re-elected in 2011, 2016 and 2017.
Pat is Sinn Fein’s spokesperson for education and he has been a member of a number of Assembly committee’s including health, education and justice. He is a tireless campaigner for truth and justice for the families of the Ballymurphy and Springhill massacres.
Pat has also been a strong supporter of the Irish language, marriage equality, LGBT rights, and women’s and workers’ rights and is deeply committed to the achievement of Irish unity.
Latest news from Pat
Executive needed to support children with Special Educational Needs
Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has said a shortage of educational psychologists is a direct consequence of years of budget cuts by the Tory Government. And he said that we need all parties to commit to working together around the Executive table after the election to...
British government must end delays on Acht Gaeilge
Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has accused the British government of acting in bad faith over the delivery of an Irish Language Act and said it must be delivered with ‘no more delays’. Pat Sheehan was speaking after the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference broke up...
Sheehan expresses solidarity with Education Authority staff on strike action
Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has expressed solidarity with the Education Authority workers who are on strike over pay. The party’s Education spokesperson said: “I want to express support and solidarity with the striking workers who have taken industrial action for better...