David McIlveen

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David McIlveen
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for North Antrim
In office
May 2011 – May 2016
Preceded by Ian Paisley
Succeeded by Phillip Logan
Personal details
Born (1981-02-11) 11 February 1981 (age 36)
Nationality British
Political party Democratic Unionist Party
Religion Free Presbyterian

David McIlveen (born 11 February 1981) is a Democratic Unionist Party politician in Northern Ireland who was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly for the North Antrim constituency in 2011.[1]

He is the son of Rev. David McIlveen, a well-known minister in the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster[2] who has been a leading figure in that church's campaigns against homosexuality[3] and has since retired.[4]

After welcoming the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, he made remarks to The Newsletter insinuating Palestinian prisoners were better treated than Israelis.[5] Timothy Houston of Queen's University Belfast's Palestine Solidarity Society published an open letter accusing McIlveen of bias and over-looking human rights abuses.[6] David McIlveen claims "close ties with Israel" following boyhood visits with his father, and is due to visit the region with leading Unionists in 2013.[7]

As at August 2015, he is a Political Member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.[8]


  1. ^ Mary Minihan (7 May 2011). "McGuinness irked by Mid-Ulster delay". The Irish Times. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  2. ^ David McIlveen DUP North Antrim
  3. ^ Statement from Rev. McIlveen, newsletter.co.uk; accessed 17 June 2016.
  4. ^ Poole, Amanda. "The Belfast Telegraph 'Sodomy' protest preacher David McIlveen retires". The Belfast Telegraph. The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "MLA's relief over Shalit's safe release". The NewsLetter. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Houston, Timothy (3 March 2012). "DUPlicitous propaganda: An open letter to David McIlveen DUP ...". QUB Palestinian Society/Politics.ie. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  7. ^ McIlveen, David. "Israel - The Story So Far". Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 5 Jan 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Board". Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Ian Paisley
MLA for North Antrim
2011 - 2016
Succeeded by
Phillip Logan