Megan Fearon

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Megan Fearon
Junior Minister Megan Fearon.jpg
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Newry and Armagh
Assumed office
2 July 2012
Preceded byConor Murphy
Junior Minister at the Executive Office
In office
25 May 2016 – 26 January 2017
Serving with Alistair Ross
Preceded byJennifer McCann
Succeeded byVacant
Personal details
Born (1991-07-29) 29 July 1991 (age 27)
Drumintee, Northern Ireland
Political partySinn Féin
Alma materQueen's University Belfast

Megan Fearon (born 29 July 1991) is an Irish Sinn Féin politician who has been member of the Northern Ireland Assembly (MLA) for the Newry and Armagh constituency since June 2012.[1]

She is the party's spokesperson for women, children and young people,[2] and has been named as a government minister in the next Northern Ireland Executive.[3]


Fearon was selected by her party to succeed her party colleague Conor Murphy, an abstentionist MP in the parliament of the United Kingdom, who had resigned from the Assembly as part of Sinn Féin's policy of abolishing double jobbing.

Coming from a well-known republican family in Drumintee in South Armagh,[4] at the time of her selection, Fearon had just completed her last year at Queen's University Belfast, where she took a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.[1] Before her selection, Fearon had campaigned for Sinn Féin and had worked to raise mental health and drug awareness.[1] She replaced party colleague Chris Hazzard as the youngest MLA.

Fearon was re-elected in the 2016 election.[5] It was subsequently announced that she is among four Sinn Féin MLAs who will be joining the next Northern Ireland Executive as ministers.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Sinn Fein to appoint Megan Fearon as Stormont's youngest MLA, BBC News, 26 June 2012
  2. ^ "Sinn Féin unveils new Assembly ministerial team". An Phoblacht. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Martin McGuinness names Sinn Fein Stormont Executive ministers". Belfast Telegraph. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  4. ^ Breen, Suzanne (25 May 2016). "SF unveils ministers without any IRA past". Belfast Telegraph. p. 9.
  5. ^ "DUP's William Irwin tops poll in Newry and Armagh". Portadown Times. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.

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Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Conor Murphy
MLA for Newry and Armagh
Political offices
Preceded by
Jennifer McCann
Junior Minister
Office suspended