Stephen Farry

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Stephen Farry
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for North Down
Assumed office
7 March 2007
Preceded by Eileen Bell
Minister for Employment and Learning
In office
5 May 2011 – 6 May 2016
First Minister Peter Robinson
Arlene Foster
deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
John O'Dowd (Acting)
Preceded by Danny Kennedy
Succeeded by abolished
Personal details
Born (1971-04-22) 22 April 1971 (age 46)
Newtownards, Northern Ireland
Political party Alliance
Alma mater Queen's University, Belfast

Stephen Farry MLA (born 22 April 1971) is an Alliance Party of Northern Ireland politician from Newtownards.

He has been a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for North Down since 2007, and was Minister for Employment and Learning in the Northern Ireland Executive until the post was abolished in 2016.

Early career[edit]

Farry graduated from Queen's University, Belfast in 1992 with a BSSc in Politics and a PhD in International Relations in 2000. He was elected to the Assembly in the 2007 election for North Down, having first been elected to North Down Borough Council in 1993. In 1996, he was an unsuccessful candidate in the Northern Ireland Forum election in Fermanagh and South Tyrone.[1]

He is a former General Secretary of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland. He was appointed an International Peace Scholar by the US Institute of Peace in 2005. In 2007, he became Mayor of North Down.


Party political offices
Preceded by
Richard Good
General Secretary of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Position abolished
Title next held by
Gerry Lynch
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Eileen Bell
MLA for North Down
Civic offices
Preceded by
Alan Leslie
Mayor of North Down
Succeeded by
Leslie Cree
Political offices
Preceded by
Danny Kennedy
Minister for Employment and Learning
Position abolished