Paddy O'Hanlon

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Patrick Michael O'Hanlon (8 May 1944 – 7 April 2009), known as Paddy O'Hanlon, was a barrister and former nationalist politician in Ireland.

Born in Drogheda, but resident in Mullaghbawn, South Armagh since childhood, O'Hanlon studied at University College Dublin. Prominent in the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association, he was elected at the Northern Ireland general election, 1969, as an independent Nationalist MP for South Armagh. In August 1970, he was a founder member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).[1]

The Parliament of Northern Ireland was abolished in 1973, and O'Hanlon was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, representing Armagh. In the Assembly, he was the SDLP's Chief Whip.[1]

O'Hanlon stood for the Westminster constituency of Armagh at the February 1974 general election, taking second place, with 29.3% of the votes cast. He stood for the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention and the 1982 Assembly in Armagh, but on both occasions was narrowly beaten by fellow party member Hugh News.[2]

Following this second loss, O'Hanlon left active politics and qualified as a barrister; he remained a member of the SDLP.[3]

O'Hanlon died on 7 April 2009 in Dublin's Mater Hospital following a short illness; he was 65 years old.[4]


  1. ^ a b Northern Ireland Parliamentary Elections Results: Biographies
  2. ^ Armagh 1973-1983, Northern Ireland Elections
  3. ^ Ed Moloney, "SDLP looking for 'new' faces to combat Sinn Féin", Sunday Tribune
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Parliament of Northern Ireland
Preceded by
Edward George Richardson
Member of Parliament for South Armagh
1969 - 1973
Succeeded by
Parliament abolished
Northern Ireland Assembly (1973)
Preceded by
New creation
Assembly Member for Armagh
1973 - 1974
Succeeded by
Assembly abolished