R.I.P. David Bleakley

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Saddened to read of the death of the veteran politician David Bleakley at the week-end. Wouldn't always have agreed with his politics, but a good and principled man.

Tributes to Northern Irleand Labour veteran David Bleakley after death at age of 92 - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk



Mr Bleakley was born on January 11, 1925 in Strandtown. He worked in the Harland & Wolff shipyards and became involved in trade union activity.

He studied economics at Oxford University's Ruskin College and later attended Queen's University in Belfast.

Mr Bleakley then became head of economics and political studies at Methodist College from 1969 to 1979.

He joined the NI Labour Party and won the Northern Ireland Parliament seat formerly known as Victoria in Belfast in 1958.

At Stormont he was appointed chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, but lost his seat in 1965. In 1971 he was appointed Minister for Community Relations in the Cabinet by Brian Faulkner.
 


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