- Bob Cooper (politician)
Bob Cooper (1936 -
15 November 2004) was a politicianand equal opportunitiesactivist in Northern Ireland.
County Donegal, Cooper attended Foyle Collegeand then studied law at Queens University Belfast, where he was the Chair of the Young Unionists. Despite his ProtestantUnionist background, Cooper married a Roman Catholic.
In 1970, Cooper became a founder member of the
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, and at the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1973, he was elected for West Belfast. Soon after, he became deputy leader of the party, and in 1975 he was elected to the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention.
In 1976, Cooper left politics to take up an appointment as head of the
Fair Employment Agency. In 1990, this became the Fair Employment Commission, and he continued in the post until 1999. He then headed the Integrated Education Funduntil shortly before his death.
Cooper was knighted in 1998.
*" [http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/imported/article923427.ece Obituary: Sir Robert (Bob) Cooper] ",
* [http://www.allianceparty.org/news/000612.html Ford pays tribute to Bob Cooper, founding Alliance member]
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