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 (c. 1953 – 24 September 2006) was an Irish Republican politician from Northern Ireland. He served as a councillor on Lisburn City Council and as an MLA for Belfast West.

Politics[edit]

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] He had spoken about the illness to the Belfast-based Irish News,[3] saying "Men are neglectful of their own health and do not visit their doctors."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1996 Candidates - Lagan Valley". www.ark.ac.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Sinn Féin members comment on the death of Michael Ferguson". Sinn Féin. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "Sinn Féin's Michael Ferguson dies aged 53". rte.ie. 25 September 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Death of Sinn Fein assembly man". BBC. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Sue Ramsey
MLA for Belfast West
2003–2006
Succeeded by
Paul Maskey