Pat Doherty was born in Glasgow of Irish emigrant parents, both originally
from Donegal. He moved back to live in Donegal in April 1968. He is married
to Mary and they have five children.
He was elected as Assembly member for West Tyrone in the 1998 elections and
was Chair of the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee in the Assembly
until Peter Mandelson collapsed the institutions on February 11th. Pat
Doherty was elected MP for West Tyrone in the 2001 Westminster Elections. He
is in charge of the party's Agriculture and Rural Development department.
He has stood as a candidate in the constituency of Donegal North East in
1989 and in the Connacht/Ulster constituency in the EU elections in 1989 and
In 1987 Pat Doherty was instrumental in launching the party's current peace
strategy with the publication of the discussion document "Scenario for
Peace". This was followed in 1992 with the document "Towards a Lasting Peace
in Ireland". Since this time he has played a major role in promoting and
support the strategy of the peace process.
Pat Doherty has been Sinn Féin Vice-President since 1988. He headed the Sinn
Féin delegation to the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation, organised by the
Dublin government following the IRA cessation of August 1994. He is a
leading member of our negotiations team and has been centrally involved in
our dialogue with the Dublin government.
Pat has travelled extensively for the party and has met with senior
politicians in both Washington D.C. and Brussels seeking support for the
Irish peace process.