Michael Ferguson (Irish politician)

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Michael Ferguson
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for West Belfast
In office
26 November 2003 – 24 September 2006
Preceded by Sue Ramsey
Succeeded by Paul Maskey
Personal details
Born 1953
Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Died 24 September 2006(2006-09-24) (aged 52–53)
Nationality Irish
Political party Sinn Féin
Alma mater Queen's University Belfast

Michael Ferguson (circa 1953–24 September 2006) was an Irish Republican politician. He served as a councillor on Lisburn City Council and as an MLA for Belfast West.


Ferguson graduated from Queen's University Belfast in 1989 and became involved in politics. In 1989, Ferguson was elected as a Sinn Féin representative on Lisburn City Council. In 1996 he was an unsuccessful candidate in the Northern Ireland Forum election in Lagan Valley.[1] In 2003, he was also elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, to represent Belfast West.[citation needed]

Illness and death[edit]

Ferguson died on 24 September 2006 from testicular cancer.[2][3] He had spoken about the illness to the Irish News[4] (a Belfast-based daily newspaper), saying "Men are neglectful of their own health and do not visit their doctors."[5]


Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Sue Ramsey
MLA for Belfast West
2003 - 2006
Succeeded by
Paul Maskey