Stephen Farry

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Stephen Farry
MLA
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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 45)
Newtownards, Northern Ireland
Political party Alliance
Alma mater Queen's University, Belfast
Religion Presbyterian

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

He is a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly and was Minister for Employment and Learning in the Northern Ireland Executive until its abolishment in 2016. He represents North Down for the Alliance Party.

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.

References[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Richard Good
General Secretary of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
2000–2007
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Next holder: Gerry Lynch
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Eileen Bell
MLA for North Down
2007 -
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Civic offices
Preceded by
Alan Leslie
Mayor of North Down
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
Leslie Cree
Political offices
Preceded by
Danny Kennedy
Minister for Employment and Learning
2011 - 2016
Succeeded by
abolished