Kieran Deeny

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Kieran Deeny
MLA
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for West Tyrone
In office
26 November 2003 – 2011
Preceded by Joe Byrne
Succeeded by Joe Byrne
Personal details
Born (1954-10-12) 12 October 1954 (age 59)
Downpatrick
Political party Independent
Alma mater University College Dublin

Kieran Deeny (born 12 October 1954) is a medical doctor turned politician from Northern Ireland. Deeny was a Designated Other Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for West Tyrone from 2003–11, having run on a single issue ticket of retaining the Tyrone County Hospital in Omagh.

Born in Downpatrick, Deeny was educated at St. Patrick's Boy's Primary School and St. Patrick's De La Salle Grammar School, both in Downpatrick. During this time he regularly participated in several sports, representing Ulster Schools at table tennis, representing Down in the Gaelic Athletic Association and playing football in both the Irish League and League of Ireland in the early 1970s.

He studied at University College Dublin and worked as a general practitioner in County Tyrone from the mid-1980s onwards. From 2000 he also served as Chairman of Omagh and District G.P. Association and took a prominent role in the campaign to keep full medical provision at the Tyrone County Hospital.

In the 2003 Northern Ireland assembly elections Deeny ran as an independent candidate in West Tyrone on the sole issue of retaining the hospital and generated one of the biggest shocks of that election when he topped the poll and took a seat from the Social Democratic and Labour Party. However, the continued suspension of the Assembly meant that Deeny was not able to directly influence decisions about the future of the hospital.

In the 2005 general election Deeny stood for the Westminster seat, campaigning heavily against sitting MP Pat Doherty's abstentionism and arguing that this denied the seat a voice, and received a lot of backing from many activists and supporters of both Nationalist and Unionist political parties, though all the major parties ran candidates. Deeny received over 11,000 votes and placed second in the election to Pat Doherty.

In the 2007 Assembly elections Deeny was elected on the seventh count with 3,776 first preference votes. His campaign was again largely based on a single issue - the impending closure of the Sion Mills branch surgery.

He sat with the Alliance Party and the Green Party's Brian Wilson as "United Community MLA's".

On 16 May 2007, Deeny changed his status as an Independent to become party leader and a member of the Independent Health Coalition in the Assembly.[1]

Kieran is a member of the Health, Social Services and Public Safety Committee in the Assembly.

He did not contest the 2011 Assembly election.[2]

See also[edit]

Other doctors & health care workers elected on similar platform in Ireland and the UK:

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Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Joe Byrne
MLA for Tyrone, West
2003 - 2011
Succeeded by
Joe Byrne