Mitchel McLaughlin

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Mitchel McLaughlin
Mitchel McLaughlin 2014 (cropped).jpg
4th Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
Assumed office
12 January 2015
Deputy Robin Newton
John Dallat
Roy Beggs Jr
Preceded by William Hay
Principal Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
In office
15 April 2013 – 12 January 2015
Preceded by Francie Molloy
Succeeded by Robin Newton
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for South Antrim
Assumed office
7 March 2007
Preceded by Jim Wilson
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Foyle
In office
25 June 1998 – 26 November 2003
Preceded by New Creation
Succeeded by Martina Anderson
Personal details
Born (1945-10-29) 29 October 1945 (age 73)
Derry, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Sinn Féin
Spouse(s) Mary-Lou McLaughlin
Children 3
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Mitchel McLaughlin MLA

John Mitchel McLaughlin (born 29 October 1945) is the former General Secretary of Sinn Féin and currently an MLA and Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

McLaughlin was born in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland and educated at Long Tower Boys School, Derry and Christian Brothers Technical College, Derry.[1]

He was elected a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Foyle in the 1998 assembly election and re-elected in 2003. In March 2007, McLaughlin transferred to the South Antrim constituency where he topped the poll during the 2007 Assembly election.[2] He was re-elected at the 2011 Assembly election.

After it was revealed that a consultancy contract on a new accounting system extended to 10 times the original budget, McLaughlin said, "I am very, very angry and I am very concerned that there appears to be almost a sense of immunity at the senior civil service level when these basic mistakes are made."[3] The party chairman came in for criticism in 2005 when he said the killing of Jean McConville – one of the Disappeared – was not a criminal act. He is married and has three sons.


  1. Northern Ireland Assembly biography, retrieved 2006-12-24
  2. BBC News, retrieved 2006-12-24
  3. "BBC News - Mitchel McLaughlin critical of civil service 'immunity'". BBC News. BBC News. Retrieved August 27, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Tom Hartley
Chairperson of Sinn Féin
Succeeded by
Mary Lou McDonald
Preceded by
Lucilita Bhreatnach
General Secretary of Sinn Féin
Succeeded by
Rita O'Hare
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
New creation
MLA for Foyle
1998 – 2007
Succeeded by
Martina Anderson
Preceded by
Jim Wilson
MLA for South Antrim