David McIlveen

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David McIlveen
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for North Antrim
Assumed office
Preceded by Ian Paisley
Personal details
Born (1981-02-11) 11 February 1981 (age 34)
Nationality British
Political party Democratic Unionist Party
Religion Free Presbyterian

David McIlveen is a Democratic Unionist Party politician in Northern Ireland who was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly for the North Antrim constituency in 2011.[1] He is the son of Rev. David McIlveen, a well-known minister in the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster[2] who has been a leading figure in that church's campaigns against homosexuality[3] and has since retired.[4]

After welcoming the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, he made remarks to The Newsletter insinuating Palestinian prisoners were better treated than Israelis.[5] Timothy Houston of Queen's University Belfast Palestine Solidarity Society published an open letter accusing McIlveen of bias and over-looking human rights abuses.[6] David McIlveen claims "close ties with Israel" following boyhood visits with his father, and is due to visit the region with leading Unionists in 2013.[7]


  1. ^ Mary Minihan (7 May 2011). "McGuinness irked by Mid-Ulster delay". The Irish Times. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  2. ^ David McIlveen DUP North Antrim
  3. ^ Statement from Rev. McIlveen
  4. ^ Poole, Amanda. "The Belfast Telegraph 'Sodomy' protest preacher David McIlveen retires". The Belfast Telegraph. The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved August 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "MLA’s relief over Shalit’s safe release". The NewsLetter. 19 Oct 2011. Retrieved 5 Jan 2013. 
  6. ^ Houston, Timothy (3 March 2012). "DUPlicitous propaganda: An open letter to David McIlveen DUP ...". QUB Palestinian Society/Politics.ie. Retrieved 5 Jan 2013. 
  7. ^ McIlveen, David. "Israel - The Story So Far". Retrieved 5 Jan 2013. 
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Ian Paisley
MLA for North Antrim
2011 -
Succeeded by