Dolores Kelly

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Dolores Kelly
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Upper Bann
Assumed office
2 March 2017
Preceded by Catherine Seeley
In office
26 November 2003 – 29 March 2016
Preceded by Bríd Rodgers
Succeeded by Catherine Seeley
Personal details
Born (1959-09-03) 3 September 1959 (age 57)
Aghalee, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party SDLP
Spouse(s) Eamon Kelly
Children 4
Residence Lurgan, County Armagh
Alma mater University of Ulster
Profession Occupational therapist
Website SDLP profile

Mary Dolores Kelly MLA (born 3 September 1959) is a Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) politician and Member of the Legislative Assembly[1] for Upper Bann from 2003 until 2016, and again from 2017.

Kelly attended the University of Ulster, Jordanstown. In May 1993 she was first elected to Craigavon Borough Council for the Loughside District. She served on all committees, and was chair of Technical Services and Environmental Services. In 1996 she was an unsuccessful candidate in the Northern Ireland Forum election in Upper Bann.[2]

In May 1997 she was re-elected to Craigavon Borough. She was elected Deputy Mayor in 1998 and from 1999 to 2000 was the first Nationalist Mayor of Craigavon. Kelly was also deputy leader of the SDLP from 2011–15.[citation needed]

In 2003 Kelly was elected to Northern Ireland Assembly for Upper Bann. She was a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.[3] She lost her seat in the 2016 Assembly Election.[4] but regained it in 2017, at the expense of Sinn Féin.


  1. ^ BBC television programme Northern Ireland Assembly: 31 January 2009
  2. ^ Profile: Northern Ireland elections,; accessed 5 March 2017.
  3. ^ "The Board". Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "BBC NI Election 2016". Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
Civic offices
Preceded by
Mervyn Carrick
Mayor of Craigavon
Succeeded by
Fred Crowe
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Bríd Rodgers
MLA for Upper Bann
Succeeded by
Catherine Seeley
Preceded by
Catherine Seeley
MLA for Upper Bann