Sean Farren

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Sean Farren
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Antrim North
In office
25 June 1998 – 7 March 2007
Preceded by New Creation
Succeeded by Declan O'Loan
Personal details
Born (1939-09-06) 6 September 1939 (age 75)
Dublin
Nationality Irish
Political party Social Democratic and Labour Party
Alma mater University College Dublin, University of Essex, University of Ulster
Religion Roman Catholic


Sean Nial Farren (born 6 September 1939) is an Irish politician of Northern Ireland.

Farren studied at the National University of Ireland, University College Dublin, University of Essex and the University of Ulster. He worked as a teacher in Dublin, Switzerland and Sierra Leone before becoming a lecturer at the University of Ulster.

Farren contested the Westminster seat of North Antrim as a member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) at the 1979 UK general election, and has stood at each subsequent general election, without success.

In 1982, Farren was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in North Antrim. In line with SDLP policy, he instead sat on the New Ireland Forum.

Farren was elected to the Northern Ireland Forum in 1996, again for North Antrim, and held this seat on the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998 and 2003, before standing down at the 2007 election.

Party political offices
Preceded by
Bríd Rodgers
Chairperson of the Social Democratic and Labour Party
1980–1984
Succeeded by
Alban Maginness
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
New creation
MLA for Antrim North
1998–2007
Succeeded by
Declan O'Loan
Political offices
Preceded by
Newly created office
Minister of Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Office suspended
Preceded by
Office suspended
Minister of Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment[1]
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Carmel Hanna
Preceded by
Mark Durkan
Minister of Finance and Personnel
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Office suspended

References[edit]

  1. ^ Title changed to Minister for Employment and Learning during tenure.