- Geraldine Dougan
party= Independent (formerly
Geraldine Dougan was elected as a
Sinn FéinMember of the Northern Ireland Assembly(MLA) for Mid Ulster.
Dougan is a long time resident of
Maghera, is also campaigner for pre-school education provision and an avid GAA supporter.
She is a mother of 5 children and the sister-in-law of the late former
Irish National Liberation Armyleader, Dominic McGlinchey.
She resigned from Sinn Féin on
15 January 2007.
1 January 2007, she announced that she would not be seeking re-selection for the forthcoming 2007 Assembly election.
In a statement on
4 January 2007, she said: "I have decided not to put my name forward for re-selection due to both personal reasons and concerns I have over the direction Sinn Féin is taking on the policing issue," she said.
"It has been reported that I remain a member of Sinn Féin. "While this is true at present, if a special ard fheis mandates Sinn Féin to support policing and the judiciary while still under British control in any shape or form, membership of that party would be untenable for me as an Irish republican."
She announced that she had resigned from Sinn Féin and became an Independent MLA. effective
15 January 2007.
* [http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/politics/article2124693.ece] Dougan may resign from Sinn Féin
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