Phil Flanagan

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Phil Flanagan
MLA
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Phil Flanagan MLA in Enniskillen, May 2011
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Incumbent
Assumed office
12 May 2011
Preceded by Tommy Gallagher
Councillor on Fermanagh District Council
In office
10 May 2011 – 28 August 2011
Preceded by Breege McSorley
Succeeded by Stephen Huggett[1]
Constituency Erne North Electoral Area
Councillor on Fermanagh District Council
In office
5 October 2009 – 10 May 2011
Preceded by Domhnall Ó Cobhthaigh
Succeeded by Barry Doherty[2]
Constituency Erne West Electoral Area
Personal details
Born (1984-07-16) 16 July 1984 (age 30)
Enniskillen, North of Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Sinn Féin
Website fermanaghsouthtyronesf.com

Phil Flanagan (born 16 July 1984) is a Sinn Féin politician in Northern Ireland who was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in May 2011. He represents Fermanagh and South Tyrone (Assembly constituency) and is the Sinn Féin party spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

Flanagan also served as a councillor on Fermanagh District Council following his co-option in 2009 [3] and re-election in May 2011. He resigned from his council seat in August 2011 in line with Sinn Féin party policy on dual mandates and was subsequently replaced on the council by Stephen Hugget.[4]

Flanagan is from Garrison, County Fermanagh and was educated at St Michael's College, Enniskillen. He is a former retail manager and small-business owner.[5]

In references to the Seán Quinn case, Flanagan stated that, "It is not up to the media, to politicians or to anyone else to determine the outcome of this case. That decision needs to be made by a judge and the sooner that happens and a clear outcome is decided, the better it will be for all concerned."[6]

Since being elected to the Assembly Flanagan has been involved in a number of Twitter Controversies.

In 2012 he tweeted remarks about Tom Elliott and Mike Nesbitt being "clampits." In July 2013 Phil Flanagan retweeted a sexually explicit comment/joke about the birth of the English royal Prince George.[7] In 2014 Mr Flanagan tweeted comments about Tom Elliott's career in the UDR which he later removed from Twitter. [8] In February 2015 he tweeted comments suggesting that William of Orange was a terrorist.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fermanagh District Council :: The Council :: Councillor Profiles - Erne North". Fermanagh.gov.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  2. ^ "Fermanagh District Council :: The Council :: Councillor Profiles - Erne West". Fermanagh.gov.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Fermanagh co-option agreed | Sinn Féin". Sinnfein.ie. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  4. ^ "BBC News - Election 2011". Bbc.co.uk. 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  5. ^ "Sinn Féin". Fermanaghsouthtyronesf.com. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  6. ^ Edwards, Rodney. "Phil Flanagan backs Sinn Fein deputy leader on Quinn issue". The Impartial Reporter. The Impartial Reporter. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Template:Http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/sinn-fein-politician-faces-probe-over-offensive-twitter-remark-about-royal-baby-29460060.html
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Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Tommy Gallagher
MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone
2011 -
Succeeded by
Incumbent