|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for West Tyrone
26 November 2003 – 2011
|Preceded by||Joe Byrne|
|Succeeded by||Joe Byrne|
12 October 1954 |
|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.
Kieran is a member of the Health, Social Services and Public Safety Committee in the Assembly.
He did not contest the 2011 Assembly election.
Other doctors & health care workers elected on similar platform in Ireland and the UK:
- Paudge Connolly - elected to the Dáil .
- Richard Taylor - elected to the UK Parliament
- Jean Turner - elected to the Scottish Parliament
- Liam Twomey - elected to the Dáil as an Independent (joined Fine Gael.
- "BBC News - Dr Kieran Deeny won't contest next assembly election". BBC News. BBC News. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|MLA for Tyrone, West
2003 - 2011