Northern Ireland politician, Donovan McClelland, Died at 69

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Seamus Donovan McClelland was born on 14 January 1949, Toome, County Antrim, Northern Ireland and died on 23 February 2018.

He was a member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) in Northern Ireland.

Seamus Donovan McClelland was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in June 1998.

During 1989 Donovan gained interest in politics when he was elected to Antrim Borough Council.

He was elected as the Deputy Mayor of the Borough in 1999.

He then served as the Deputy Speaker in February 2000.

McClelland was Chaired for the Standards and Privileges Committee and a member of the Public Accounts Committee.

McClelland education at Ballymena Academy, followed by Trinity College, in Dublin.

He attended the Queen’s University, in Belfast where Seamus graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics.

During 1973 he joined the staff of Queen’s University, Belfast.

During that time he started his career as a Researcher/Lecturer.

McClelland joined the Department of Agriculture in 1975 and, in 1978, took up a post as lecturer in Economics at the University of Ulster.

During 1992, McClelland was an SDLP delegate to the Brooke/Mayhew talk and a delegate to the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation, established by the Irish Government at Dublin Castle in 1994.

He was elected to the new Northern Ireland Forum in 1996 and was a member of the SDLP delegation to the Multi-party Talks chaired by Senator George Mitchell.

McClelland was an elected candidate for the South Antrim constituency in the Westminster elections on three occasions.

He died at 69 years old.