John Dallat

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John Dallat
MLA
Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
In office
8 May 2007 – 12 May 2016
Preceded by Donovan McClelland
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Londonderry East
Assumed office
2 March 2017
Preceded by Gerry Mullan
In office
25 June 1998 – 30 March 2016
Preceded by New Creation
Succeeded by Gerry Mullan
Personal details
Born (1947-03-24) 24 March 1947 (age 70)
Rasharkin, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Political party SDLP
Spouse(s) Anne Dallat
Children 3[1]
Alma mater University College Galway
University of Ulster

John Dallat MLA (born 24 March 1947) is an Irish politician in the Social Democratic and Labour Party who represents East Londonderry in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

He attended Coleraine College of Further Education, the North West College of Further and Higher Education, the University of Ulster and University College, Galway before becoming a teacher of business studies. He joined the Social Democratic and Labour Party and was elected to Coleraine Borough Council in 1977. From 2001-02, he was the first Irish nationalist Mayor of Coleraine.[citation needed]

In 1996 he was an unsuccessful candidate in the Northern Ireland Forum election in East Londonderry.[2] Dallat was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly for East Londonderry in 1998 and held his seat in 2003. At the 2001 and 2005 UK general elections, he unsuccessfully contested the Westminster seat of East Londonderry.[citation needed]

He has been vocal in his opposition of the Coleraine loyalist who was convicted of the Greysteel massacre Torrens Knight being released from prison. Knight who was freed under the terms of the Good Friday agreement had his licence revoked after being convicted of assault in 2009.[3]

On 14 September 2010, he shared a debate with the NF publicity officer, Tom Linden, on BBC Radio Foyle about the support for the NF in Coleraine. Dallat expressed his disgust and was then criticised by Linden for being a member of a sectarian party, which allowed Dallat to air his views, which resulted in the NF Coleraine organiser, Mark Brown, "thanking" Dallat for helping the NF double its support in Coleraine through enquiries and membership.[4]

A member of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Dallat commented that Conor Murphy had scheduled the 2016 opening of the Dungiven by-pass to coincide with the centenary of the Easter Rising, to which Sinn Féin councillor Paddy Butcher said: "Attacking Sinn Féin minister Conor Murphy, Mr. Dallat cautioned the residents of Dungiven to 'hope the Dungiven bypass is less of an aspiration and more something they (Sinn Féin) are actually capable of delivering'".[5]

After a short retirement, Dallat retained the SDLP seat in East Londonderry in the 2017 Assembly elections.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], sdlp.ie; accessed 4 March 2017.
  2. ^ Northern Ireland elections
  3. ^ "Dallat slams release of 'cold blooded killer' Torrens Knight". Colerainetimes.co.uk. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Coleraine's NF leader "thanks" MLA - Local". Coleraine Times. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sinn Fein hit back at John Dallat". Retrieved 23 August 2012. 

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Liz Johnston
Mayor of Coleraine
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Olive Church
Northern Ireland Assembly
New assembly MLA for East Londonderry
1998–2016
Succeeded by
Gerry Mullan
Preceded by
Gerry Mullan
MLA for East Londonderry
2017–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Donovan McClelland
Jane Morrice
Jim Wilson
Deputy Speaker
2007–2016
With: Francie Molloy 2007–2011
David McClarty 2007–2011
Roy Beggs Jr 2007–2016
Succeeded by
Danny Kennedy
Patsy McGlone