- Alban Maginness
Infobox Politician | name=Alban Maginness, MLA
birth_date=birth date and age|1950|7|9
Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland
Social Democratic and Labour Party
Alban Maginness (born
9 July 1950) is a nationalistpolitician in Northern Ireland.
Maginness was born in
Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland. He completed his secondary education at St. Malachy's College, Belfast. He then attended the New University of Ulsterand subsequently Queen's University of Belfastwhere he trained to be a lawyer. In 1976 he was called to the Northern Ireland Bar and in 1984 to the Bar of Ireland.
While at university he became involved in the non-violent protests organised by the
Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association. Maginness participated in the famous civil rights march in Derryin 1972 which was halted by British troops who killed 14 unarmed civilians in the process. This event, now termed Bloody Sunday, has gone down in Northern Ireland politics as one of the turning points in The Troublesthat contributed to the development of the Provisional IRA.
Maginness became increasingly involved in politics and became a member of the
Social Democratic and Labour Party.
He has been an elected member of
Belfast City Councilsince 1985 and in 1997 he became the first nationalist politician to hold the position of Lord Mayorof Belfast.
He is also an elected member of the
Northern Ireland Assembly. He was Chair of the SDLP 1984-91.
* [http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/members/biogs_03/maginness_a.htm Biography: NI Assembly]
* [http://www.albanmaginness.com/ SDLP Councillor Alban Maginness MLA] : Official Website
* [http://www.sdlp.ie/party/albanmaginness.shtm SDLP profile]
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