for Lagan Valley
9 January 2007 – 7 March 2007
|Preceded by||Patricia Lewsley|
|Succeeded by||Paul Butler|
26 October 1951 |
County Sligo, Ireland
|Political party||Social Democratic and Labour Party|
Born in County Sligo, Farrell studied in London and Northern Ireland before becoming a teacher and joining the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP). A former member of BBC Northern Ireland Education Committee and the Northern Ireland Youth Council, she stood unsuccessfully for the Westminster seat of North Down at the 1997 and 2001 general elections.
When SDLP MLA Patricia Lewsley resigned from the Northern Ireland Assembly, Farrell replaced her, her appointment being ratified on 9 January 2007. She stood for Lewsley's former Lagan Valley seat at the 2007 election, but was unsuccessful, with Sinn Féin's Paul Butler winning the seat.
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|MLA for Lagan Valley
January 2007 – March 2007