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|Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly|
8 May 2007
|Preceded by||Donovan McClelland|
|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Londonderry East
25 June 1998
|Preceded by||New Creation|
24 March 1947 |
Rasharkin, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Social Democratic and Labour Party|
|Alma mater||University College Galway, University of Ulster|
He attended Coleraine College of Further Education, the North West College of Further and Higher Education, the University of Ulster and University College, Galway before becoming a teacher of business studies.
Dallat was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly for East Londonderry in 1998 and held his seat in 2003. At the 2001 and 2005 UK general elections, he unsuccessfully contested the Westminster seat of East Londonderry.
He has been vocal in his opposition of the Coleraine loyalist who was convicted of the Greysteel massacre Torrens Knight being released from prison.Knight who was freed under the terms of the Good Friday agreement had his licence revoked after being convicted of assault in 2009.
On 14 September 2010, he shared a debate with the NF publicity officer, Tom Linden, on BBC Radio Foyle about the support the NF had in Coleraine to which John Dallat gave his disgust even though was criticised by Tom Linden for being a member of a sectarian party. This gave the NF a chance to air its views, which resulted with the NF Coleraine organiser, Mark Brown, "thanking" John Dallat for helping the NF double its support in Coleraine through enquiries and membership.
He is a member of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.
Dallat commented that Conor Murphy, MP MLA had scheduled 2016 opening of the Dungiven by-pass to coincide with the centenary of the Easter Rising, which caused an uproar from Sinn Féin. In a statement, Sinn Féin Colr. Paddy Butcher said: “Attacking Sinn Fin minister Conor Murphy, Mr. Dallat cautioned the residents of Dungiven to ‘hope the Dungiven bypass is less of an aspiration and more something they (Sinn Fin) are actually capable of delivering’.”
- "Dallat slams release of 'cold blooded killer' Torrens Knight-''Coleraine Times''". Colerainetimes.co.uk. 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
- "Coleraine's NF leader "thanks" MLA - Local". Coleraine Times. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
- "Derry Journal - Sinn Fein hit back at John Dallat". Retrieved August 23, 2012.
|Mayor of Coleraine
2001 - 2002
|Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
(with David McClarty and Francie Molloy)
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|MLA for Londonderry, East