Bob Cooper (politician)

Bob Cooper (politician)

Bob Cooper (1936 - 15 November 2004) was a politician and equal opportunities activist in Northern Ireland.

Born in County Donegal, Cooper attended Foyle College and then studied law at Queens University Belfast, where he was the Chair of the Young Unionists. Despite his Protestant Unionist 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 Fund until shortly before his death.

Cooper was knighted in 1998.


*" [ Obituary: Sir Robert (Bob) Cooper] ", Belfast Telegraph
* [ Ford pays tribute to Bob Cooper, founding Alliance member]

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