Danny Kinahan

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Danny Kinahan
Danny Kinahan at Portcullis House November 2015.png
Member of Parliament
for South Antrim
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded by William McCrea
Majority 949 (2.6%)
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for South Antrim
In office
1 June 2009 – 24 June 2015
Preceded by David Burnside
Succeeded by Adrian Cochrane-Watson
Personal details
Born Daniel de Burgh Kinahan
(1958-04-14) 14 April 1958 (age 59)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Political party Ulster Unionist Party
Spouse(s) Anna
Children Eliza
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Religion Anglicanism
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Captain
Unit Blues and Royals

Daniel de Burgh Kinahan (born 14 April 1958) is a British politician from the Ulster Unionist Party, Member of Parliament for South Antrim and former member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for South Antrim. In 2005 he was elected to Antrim Borough Council, and in June 2009 he was appointed to the South Antrim seat in the Assembly vacated by the resignation of David Burnside.[1]


He is the son of the late Sir Robin Kinahan and Coralie de Burgh and was educated at Craigflower Preparatory School (Torryburn[2]), Stowe School and Edinburgh University. He is a cousin of singer Chris de Burgh.[3] Professionally Kinahan is an antiques expert and worked as Christie's auctioneers Irish representative.[4] He lives with his wife and four children at Castle Upton, Templepatrick. In 2016 he announced he was selling the family home to downsize following the moving out of his children.

Northern Ireland Assembly[edit]

In the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2007 he unsuccessfully stood as a UUP candidate in South Antrim. In 1996, he was appointed High Sheriff of Antrim.[5] He was re-elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly at the 2011 election.

He stepped down after his election to Westminster and was replaced by Adrian Cochrane-Watson. [6]

Westminster MP[edit]

In the 2015 general election, he was elected as an MP in the House of Commons, as the UUP gained the constituency from the DUP. He finished ahead of the incumbent William McCrea.[7]


  1. ^ "UUP select Burnside replacement". BBC News. 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  2. ^ Torryburn
  3. ^ Hello (2007-03-06). "Billy Kennedy's election predictions continue... Read more at: http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/billy-kennedy-s-election-predictions-continue-1-1843411". The Newsletter. Retrieved 2016-08-04.  External link in |title= (help)
  4. ^ Queen's University Belfast, Antiques Evening Archived August 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "no. 5750". The Belfast Gazette. 16 August 1995. p. 759. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  6. ^ Lorna McKay lorna.mckay@jpress.co.uk (2015-06-24). "Watson new South Antrim MLA". Antrimtimes.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  7. ^ "South Antrim". BBC. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
David Burnside
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for South Antrim

Succeeded by
Adrian Cochrane-Watson
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William McCrea
Member of Parliament
for South Antrim