List of members of the 6th Northern Ireland Assembly

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6th Northern Ireland Assembly
5th Assembly
Overview
Legislative bodyAssembly
JurisdictionNorthern Ireland
Meeting placeParliament Buildings,
Stormont
Election2017 assembly election
GovernmentExecutive of the 6th Assembly
Members90
SpeakerAlex Maskey
First MinisterArlene Foster
deputy First MinisterMichelle O'Neill

This is a list of the 90 members of the sixth Northern Ireland Assembly, the unicameral devolved legislature of Northern Ireland. The election took place on 2 March 2017, with counting finishing the following day; voter turnout was estimated at 64.8%.[1]

Only five (rather than six) MLAs were elected from each of the 18 constituencies, following the Assembly Members (Reduction of Numbers) Act (Northern Ireland) 2016.[2] The reduction negatively affected Unionist candidates whose bloc lost its majority for the first time in the history of the Assembly. The SDLP was also negatively impacted, losing its only West Belfast seat.[3]

Incumbent Speaker Robin Newton informally convened the Assembly on 22 March to pay tribute to the former deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who died the day before.[4]

However, with the DUP and Sinn Féin unable to agree to form their mandatory coalition government, the Assembly did not formally convene. On 27 April, talks were paused until after a snap general election on 8 June, with a deadline of 29 June 2017 for the parties to reach agreement,[5] but this deadline was repeatedly extended over the next three years. The DUP, Sinn Féin and other parties finally agreed terms on 10 January 2020.[6]

Party strengths[edit]

Party Designation Elected Current
Democratic Unionist Party Unionist 28 27
Sinn Féin Nationalist 27 27
Social Democratic and Labour Party Nationalist 12 12
Ulster Unionist Party Unionist 10 10
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland Other 8 7
Green Party in Northern Ireland Other 2 2
Traditional Unionist Voice Unionist 1 1
People Before Profit Alliance Other 1 1
Independent Other 0 1
Independent Unionist Unionist 1 2
Totals by Designation Unionist 40 40
Nationalist 39 39
Other 11 11
Total[1] 90 90

Graphical representation[edit]


Parties arranged roughly on the nationalist-unionist spectrum

MLAs by party[edit]

Party Name Constituency Member Since
Democratic Unionist Party (27) Maurice Bradley East Londonderry 5th May 2016
Paula Bradley Belfast North 5th May 2011
Keith Buchanan Mid Ulster 5th May 2016
Thomas Buchanan West Tyrone 26th November 2003
Jonathan Buckley Upper Bann 2 March 2017
Joanne Bunting Belfast East 5th May 2016
Pam Cameron South Antrim 5th May 2011
Trevor Clarke South Antrim 28th June 2017
Gordon Dunne North Down 5th May 2011
Alex Easton North Down 26th November 2003
Arlene Foster Fermanagh and South Tyrone 26th November 2003
Paul Frew North Antrim
Paul Givan Lagan Valley
Harry Harvey Strangford
David Hilditch East Antrim
William Humphrey Belfast North
William Irwin Newry and Armagh
Diane Dodds Upper Bann
Gordon Lyons East Antrim
Michelle McIlveen Strangford
Gary Middleton Foyle
Robin Newton Belfast East
Edwin Poots Lagan Valley
George Robinson East Londonderry
Christopher Stalford Belfast South
Mervyn Storey North Antrim
Peter Weir Strangford
Sinn Féin (27) Caoimhe Archibald East Londonderry
Cathal Boylan Newry and Armagh
Linda Dillon Mid Ulster
Jemma Dolan Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Sinéad Ennis South Down
Órlaithí Flynn Belfast West
Colm Gildernew Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Deirdre Hargey Belfast South
Declan Kearney South Antrim
Catherine Kelly West Tyrone
Gerry Kelly Belfast North
Liz Kimmins Newry and Armagh
Seán Lynch Fermanagh & South Tyrone
Alex Maskey Belfast West
Declan McAleer West Tyrone
Martina Anderson Foyle
Fra McCann Belfast West
Philip McGuigan North Antrim
Maolíosa McHugh West Tyrone
Emma Rogan South Down
Emma Sheerin Mid Ulster
Karen Mullan Foyle
Conor Murphy Newry and Armagh
Carál Ní Chuilín Belfast North
John O'Dowd Upper Bann
Michelle O'Neill Mid Ulster
Pat Sheehan Belfast West
Social Democratic and Labour Party (12) Sinéad Bradley South Down
Pat Catney Lagan Valley
Cara Hunter East Londonderry
Mark H. Durkan Foyle
Dolores Kelly Upper Bann
Nichola Mallon Belfast North
Daniel McCrossan West Tyrone
Patsy McGlone Mid-Ulster
Colin McGrath South Down
Sinead McLaughlin Foyle
Justin McNulty Newry and Armagh
Matthew O'Toole Belfast South
Ulster Unionist Party (10) Steve Aiken South Antrim
Andy Allen Belfast East
Rosemary Barton Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Doug Beattie Upper Bann
Roy Beggs, Jr. East Antrim
Robbie Butler Lagan Valley
Alan Chambers North Down
Mike Nesbitt Strangford
John Stewart East Antrim
Robin Swann North Antrim
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (7) Kellie Armstrong Strangford
Paula Bradshaw Belfast South
Stewart Dickson East Antrim
John Blair South Antrim
Naomi Long †† Belfast East
Chris Lyttle Belfast East
Andrew Muir North Down
Green Party in Northern Ireland (2) Clare Bailey Belfast South
Rachel Woods North Down
People Before Profit Alliance (1) Gerry Carroll Belfast West
Traditional Unionist Voice (1) Jim Allister North Antrim
Independent Unionist (2) Claire Sugden East Londonderry
Jim Wells South Down
Independent (1) Trevor Lunn Lagan Valley

† Co-opted to replace an elected MLA

‡ Changed affiliation during the term

MLAs by constituency[edit]

Constituency Name Party
Belfast East
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Andy Allen Ulster Unionist Party
Joanne Bunting Democratic Unionist Party
Naomi Long †† Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Chris Lyttle Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Robin Newton Democratic Unionist Party
Belfast North
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Paula Bradley Democratic Unionist Party
William Humphrey Democratic Unionist Party
Gerry Kelly Sinn Féin
Nichola Mallon Social Democratic and Labour Party
Carál Ní Chuilín Sinn Féin
Belfast South
BelfastSouthConstituency.svg
Clare Bailey Green Party in Northern Ireland
Paula Bradshaw Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Deirdre Hargey † Sinn Féin
Matthew O'Toole † Social Democratic and Labour Party
Christopher Stalford Democratic Unionist Party
Belfast West
BelfastWestConstituency.svg
Gerry Carroll People Before Profit Alliance
Órlaithí Flynn Sinn Féin
Alex Maskey Sinn Féin
Fra McCann Sinn Féin
Pat Sheehan Sinn Féin
East Antrim
EastAntrimConstituency.svg
Roy Beggs, Jr. Ulster Unionist Party
Stewart Dickson Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
David Hilditch Democratic Unionist Party
Gordon Lyons Democratic Unionist Party
John Stewart Ulster Unionist Party
East Londonderry
EastLondonderryConstituency.svg
Caoimhe Archibald Sinn Féin
Maurice Bradley Democratic Unionist Party
Cara Hunter Social Democratic and Labour Party
George Robinson Democratic Unionist Party
Claire Sugden Independent Unionist
Fermanagh and South Tyrone
FermanaghSouthTyroneConstituency.svg
Rosemary Barton Ulster Unionist Party
Jemma Dolan Sinn Féin
Arlene Foster Democratic Unionist Party
Colm Gildernew Sinn Féin
Seán Lynch Sinn Féin
Foyle
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Mark H. Durkan Social Democratic and Labour Party
Raymond McCartney Sinn Féin
Sinead McLaughlin † Social Democratic and Labour Party
Gary Middleton Democratic Unionist Party
Karen Mullan Sinn Féin
Lagan Valley
LaganValleyConstituency.svg
Robbie Butler Ulster Unionist Party
Pat Catney Social Democratic and Labour Party
Paul Givan Democratic Unionist Party
Trevor Lunn Independent
Edwin Poots Democratic Unionist Party
Mid Ulster
MidUlsterConstituency.svg
Keith Buchanan Democratic Unionist Party
Linda Dillon Sinn Féin
Michelle O'Neill Sinn Féin
Patsy McGlone Social Democratic and Labour Party
Emma Sheerin Sinn Féin
Newry and Armagh
NewryArmaghConstituency.svg
Cathal Boylan Sinn Féin
Liz Kimmins † Sinn Féin
William Irwin Democratic Unionist Party
Justin McNulty Social Democratic and Labour Party
Conor Murphy Sinn Féin
North Antrim
NorthAntrimConstituency.svg
Jim Allister Traditional Unionist Voice
Paul Frew Democratic Unionist Party
Philip McGuigan Sinn Féin
Mervyn Storey Democratic Unionist Party
Robin Swann Ulster Unionist Party
North Down
NorthDownConstituency.svg
Steven Agnew Green Party in Northern Ireland
Alan Chambers Ulster Unionist Party
Gordon Dunne Democratic Unionist Party
Alex Easton Democratic Unionist Party
Andrew Muir Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
South Antrim
SouthAntrimConstituency.svg
Steve Aiken Ulster Unionist Party
John Blair Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Pam Cameron Democratic Unionist Party
Trevor Clarke Democratic Unionist Party
Declan Kearney Sinn Féin
South Down
SouthDownConstituency.svg
Sinéad Bradley Social Democratic and Labour Party
Sinéad Ennis Sinn Féin
Emma Rogan Sinn Féin
Colin McGrath Social Democratic and Labour Party
Jim Wells Independent Unionist
Strangford
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Kellie Armstrong Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Harry Harvey Democratic Unionist Party
Michelle McIlveen Democratic Unionist Party
Mike Nesbitt Ulster Unionist Party
Peter Weir Democratic Unionist Party
Upper Bann
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Doug Beattie Ulster Unionist Party
Jonathan Buckley Democratic Unionist Party
Dolores Kelly Social Democratic and Labour Party
Diane Dodds Democratic Unionist Party
John O'Dowd Sinn Féin
West Tyrone
WestTyroneConstituency.svg
Thomas Buchanan Democratic Unionist Party
Catherine Kelly Sinn Féin
Declan McAleer Sinn Féin
Daniel McCrossan Social Democratic and Labour Party
Maolíosa McHugh Sinn Féin

† Co-opted to replace an elected MLA ‡ Changed affiliation during the term

Changes since the election[edit]

Date Constituency Loss Gain Note
9 June 2017 West Tyrone Sinn Féin   Barry McElduff elected as Member of Parliament for West Tyrone in the 2017 general election.[7]
9 June 2017 Foyle Sinn Féin   Elisha McCallion elected as Member of Parliament for Foyle in the 2017 general election.[7]
9 June 2017 Fermanagh and South Tyrone Sinn Féin   Michelle Gildernew elected as Member of Parliament for Fermanagh and South Tyrone in the 2017 general election.[7]
9 June 2017 South Down Sinn Féin   Chris Hazzard elected as Member of Parliament for South Down in the 2017 general election.[7]
9 June 2017 South Antrim DUP   Paul Girvan elected as Member of Parliament for South Antrim in the 2017 general election.[8]
20 June 2017 West Tyrone   Sinn Féin Catherine Kelly co-opted by Sinn Féin to replace Barry McElduff.[7]
20 June 2017 Foyle   Sinn Féin Karen Mullan co-opted by Sinn Féin to replace Elisha McCallion.[7]
20 June 2017 Fermanagh and South Tyrone   Sinn Féin Colm Gildernew co-opted by Sinn Féin to replace Michelle Gildernew.[7]
20 June 2017 South Down   Sinn Féin Emma Rogan co-opted by Sinn Féin to replace Chris Hazzard.[7]
28 June 2017 South Antrim   DUP Trevor Clarke co-opted by the Democratic Unionist Party to replace Paul Girvan.[8]
9 May 2018 South Down DUP Independent Unionist DUP whip withdrawn from Jim Wells.[9]
25 June 2018 South Antrim Alliance   David Ford resigns.[10]
27 June 2018 South Antrim   Alliance John Blair co-opted by Alliance to replace David Ford.[11]
1 December 2018 Mid Ulster Sinn Féin   Ian Milne resigns to be co-opted to Mid Ulster Council.[12]
4 December 2018 Mid Ulster   Sinn Féin Emma Sheerin co-opted to replace Ian Milne.[13]
2 May 2019 West Tyrone Sinn Féin   Michaela Boyle elected as a Councillor for Derry and Strabane District Council in the 2019 Northern Ireland local elections
28 May 2019 West Tyrone   Sinn Féin Maolíosa McHugh co-opted to replace Michaela Boyle
1 July 2019 Belfast East Alliance   Naomi Long elected as Member of the European Parliament for Northern Ireland in the 2019 European Parliament Election
1 July 2019 Belfast East   Alliance Máire Hendron co-opted by Alliance to replace Naomi Long.
2 September 2019 Strangford DUP   Simon Hamilton resigns
12 September 2019 Strangford   DUP Harry Harvey co-opted to replace Simon Hamilton
30 September 2019 North Down Green (NI)   Steven Agnew resigns
7 October 2019 North Down   Green (NI) Rachel Woods co-opted to replace Steven Agnew
12 December 2019 Upper Bann DUP   Carla Lockhart elected as Member of Parliament for the Upper Bann constituency in the 2019 general election.
12 December 2019 Foyle SDLP   Colum Eastwood elected as Member of Parliament for the Foyle constituency in the 2019 general election.
12 December 2019 Belfast South SDLP   Claire Hanna elected as Member of Parliament for the Belfast South constituency in the 2019 general election.
16 December 2019 North Down Alliance   Stephen Farry elected as Member of Parliament for North Down in the 2019 general election.
16 December 2019 North Down   Alliance Andrew Muir co-opted by Alliance to replace Stephen Farry.
6 January 2020 Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin   Megan Fearon resigns.
6 January 2020 Belfast South Sinn Féin   Máirtín Ó Muilleoir resigns.
8 January 2020 Belfast East Alliance   Máire Hendron resigns.
9 January 2020 Belfast East   Alliance Naomi Long co-opted by Alliance to replace Máire Hendron.
9 January 2020 Upper Bann   DUP Diane Dodds co-opted by DUP to replace Carla Lockhart.
9 January 2020 Newry and Armagh   Sinn Féin Liz Kimmins co-opted by Sinn Féin to replace Megan Fearon.
9 January 2020 Belfast South   Sinn Féin Deirdre Hargey co-opted by Sinn Féin to replace Máirtín Ó Muilleoir.
10 January 2020 Foyle   SDLP Sinead McLaughlin co-opted by SDLP to replace Colum Eastwood.
11 January 2020 Belfast South   SDLP Matthew O'Toole co-opted by SDLP to replace Claire Hanna.
3 February 2020 Foyle Sinn Féin   Raymond McCartney resigns.[14]
10 February 2020 Foyle   Sinn Féin Martina Anderson co-opted by Sinn Féin to replace Raymond McCartney.[15]
2 March 2020 Lagan Valley Alliance Independent Trevor Lunn resigns the Alliance whip due to "internal difficulties".[16]
5 May 2020 East Londonderry SDLP   Death of John Dallat.
18 May 2020 East Londonderry   SDLP Cara Hunter co-opted to replace John Dallat following his death. [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Northern Ireland Assembly election 2017 results". BBC News. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Assembly Members (Reduction of Numbers) Act (Northern Ireland) 2016". legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  3. ^ McClafferty, Enda. "Assembly election 'a brutal result for unionism'". BBC News. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Tributes to mark the passing of former deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness". YouTube. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Stormont talks paused until after General Election". ITV News. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Parties return to Stormont after striking deal". 11 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "New MLAs". The Electoral Office for Northern Ireland. Archived from the original on 25 August 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  8. ^ a b "New MLA - South Antrim Constituency". The Electoral Office of Northern Ireland. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  9. ^ "DUP's Wells has the whip withdrawn after attack on leadership". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  10. ^ McCormack, Jayne (25 June 2018). "David Ford stepping down from Stormont". BBC News. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  11. ^ McCormack, Jayne (27 June 2018). "First openly gay MLA takes Stormont seat". BBC News. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  12. ^ "CMIS > Councillors". mid-ulster.cmis-ni.org. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Sinn Féin co-opt Emma Sheerin in Mid Ulster". The Irish News. 24 November 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  14. ^ MLA Details: Mr Raymond McCartney, niassembly.gov.uk; accessed 13 February 2020
  15. ^ "MLA Details: Ms Martina Anderson". Aims.niassembly.gov.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Trevor Lunn resigns from Alliance Party". Belfast Telegraph. 2 March 2020. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  17. ^ "East Londonderry: Hunter replaces John Dallat as MLA". BBC News. 18 May 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2020.