Paul Butler (politician)
|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Lagan Valley
7 March 2007 – 2011
|Preceded by||Marietta Farrell|
|Succeeded by||Brenda Hale|
|Born||Lisburn, Northern Ireland|
|Political party||Sinn Féin|
Paul Butler (Irish: Pól de Buitléir) is a republican politician in Northern Ireland and a former member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army. He served as a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Lagan Valley from 2007–11.
Involvement in the Troubles
Lisburn City Council
Paul Butler is the leader of the Sinn Féin group on Lisburn City Council. The party currently holds four seats on the council, making it the third party and the largest nationalist party. Butler has a served as a Councillor for Lisburn City Council since 1997 and is a member of their Strategic Policy, Planning and Finance Committees. Butler claims he campaigns against discrimination on the council, culminating in the Irish Government sending a representative to witness council proceedings. Nationalists claim that the unionist majority on the council has prevented nationalists from taking council positions. Butler campaigned for the town to gain city status which was bestowed on the City by the British Monarch.
Butler stood in the UK general elections in 2001 and 2005 in the Lagan Valley constituency but was not elected. In the 2005 general election, Sinn Féin became got the largest share of the vote by a nationalist party, overtaking the SDLP.
Butler announced that he will not contest the May Assembly elections after only one term as an MLA. “I am standing down,” confirmed Mr Butler. “The Party’s position on this is that anyone who is a councillor and an MLA should only have one job.”
Results of the election to the Northern Irish Assembly, Lagan Valley, 2003
|DUP||Andrew Hunter||3,300||Not Elected|
|Sinn Féin||Paul Butler||3,242||Not Elected|
|Independent||Ivan Davis||2,223||Not elected|
|UUP||Jim Kirkpatrick||675||Not elected|
|NI Conservatives||Joanne Johnston||395||Not elected|
|PUP||Andrew Park||212||Not elected|
|Workers' Party||Frances McCarthy||97||Not elected|
- Patricia Lewsley was appointed as Children's Commissioner and was replaced as an MLA by Marietta Farrell
Results of the election to the Northern Irish Assembly, Lagan Valley, 2007
Butler became the first Sinn Féin member for Lagan Valley in the Northern Irish Assembly. He won the SDLP seat previously held by Patricia Lewsley and subsequently Marietta Farrell. Butler was the only nationalist elected in the six-seater constituency.
|Sinn Féin||Paul Butler||5,098||Elected||6|
|DUP||Paul Given||3,377||Not elected||9|
|SDLP||Marietta Farrell||2,839||Not elected||5|
|UUP||Billy Bell||2,599||Not elected||6|
|UUP||Ronnie Crawford||1,147||Not elected||4|
|Green Party||Michael Rogan||922||Not elected||4|
|UK Unionist||Robert McCartney||853||Not elected||3|
|NI Conservatives||Neil Johnston||387||Not elected||2|
|Workers' Party||John Magee||83||Not elected||2|
Notes and references
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- "Lagan Valley: Sinn Féin secure first seat". The Belfast Telegraph. 9 March 2007.
- "Lagan Valley: Election results". BBC. 9 March 2007.
- "Hansard – UK Parliament". Hansard. 10 June 1998.
- "'Truly historic' change of direction". BBC News. 28 January 2007.
- "Ard Fheis speech by Paul Butler, Sinn Féin councillor on Lisburn City Council". Sinn Féin. 10 March 2007.
- "Candidate Profile – Paul Butler". The Guardian. UK. 10 March 2007.
- "Lagan Valley election history". Ark. 10 March 2007.
- Baker, Pete. "Slugger O'Toole - SF MLA Paul Butler to stand down". Slugger O'Toole. Slugger O'Toole. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|MLA for Lagan Valley