John Dallat

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John Dallat
Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
Assumed office
8 May 2007
Preceded by Donovan McClelland
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Londonderry East
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 69)
Rasharkin, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party SDLP
Spouse(s) Anne Dallat
Children 3[1]
Alma mater University College Galway
University of Ulster
Religion Roman Catholicism

John Dallat (born 24 March 1947) is an Irish politician.

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.

Dallat 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.

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.

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.[2]

On 14 September 2010, he shared a debate with the NF publicity officer, Tom Linden, on BBC Radio Foyle about the support the NF had in Coleraine to which John Dallat gave his disgust even though was criticised by Tom Linden for being a member of a sectarian party. This gave the NF a chance to air its views, which resulted with the NF Coleraine organiser, Mark Brown, "thanking" John Dallat for helping the NF double its support in Coleraine through enquiries and membership.[3]

He is a member of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.

Dallat commented that Conor Murphy, MP MLA had scheduled 2016 opening of the Dungiven by-pass to coincide with the centenary of the Easter Rising, which caused an uproar from Sinn Féin. In a statement, Sinn Féin Colr. 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’.”[4]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Dallat slams release of 'cold blooded killer' Torrens Knight-''Coleraine Times''". 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Coleraine's NF leader "thanks" MLA - Local". Coleraine Times. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Derry Journal - Sinn Fein hit back at John Dallat". Retrieved August 23, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Liz Johnston
Mayor of Coleraine
2001 - 2002
Succeeded by
Olive Church
Preceded by
Donovan McClelland
Jane Morrice
Jim Wilson
Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
(with David McClarty and Francie Molloy)

Succeeded by
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
New creation
MLA for Londonderry, East
1998 -
Succeeded by