Declan O'Loan

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Declan O'Loan
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Antrim North
In office
7 March 2007 – 5 May 2011
Preceded by Sean Farren
Succeeded by Jim Allister
Personal details
Born (1951-08-05) 5 August 1951 (age 66)
Carnlough, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party SDLP
Spouse(s) Nuala O'Loan
Children 5
Alma mater Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Imperial College London

Declan O'Loan is a former member of the Northern Ireland Assembly in the North Antrim constituency, and a serving member of Ballymena Borough Council.[1] He is a member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), but the party whip was withdrawn on 25 May 2010.[2]

O'Loan was elected for the SDLP in the 2007 Assembly Elections. He was suspended by the SDLP after advocating a merger between the SDLP and Sinn Féin to form a single nationalist party.[2] The SDLP had refused to make an electoral pact with Sinn Féin in the 2010 Westminster election.[2][3] In the May 2011 election, O'Loan ran as an SDLP candidate for re-election to the Assembly from North Antrim, but was eliminated in the last round of ballot-counting.

Declan O'Loan is married to Nuala O'Loan, a former Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. He is also the Honorary Consul of Romania in Northern Ireland. O'Loan studied at Imperial College London and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge[4]

Organisational membership[edit]

  • Secretary of the Association of SDLP Councillors
  • Chair of Ballymena District Policing Partnership
  • Chair of Ballymena Community Safety Partnership
  • Member of the Board of Ballymena Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Member of the Board of Ballymena Community Forum
  • Member of the Ballymena Local Strategy Partnership
  • Member of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "SDLP suspends O'Loan after merger call". 25 May 2010. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "BBC News – Party whip removed from SDLP's Declan O'Loan". BBC News. BBC News. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Declan O'Loan Profile". SDLP. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 

External links[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Sean Farren
MLA for Antrim North
Succeeded by
Jim Allister