Declan O'Loan

Declan O'Loan (born 5 August 1951) is a former member of the Northern Ireland Assembly in the North Antrim constituency, and a serving member of Ballymena Borough Council.[1] He is a member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), but the party whip was withdrawn on 25 May 2010.[2]

Declan O'Loan
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Antrim North
In office
7 March 2007  5 May 2011
Preceded bySean Farren
Succeeded byJim Allister
Personal details
Born (1951-08-05) 5 August 1951 (age 70)
Carnlough, Northern Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partySDLP
Spouse(s)Nuala O'Loan
Children5
Alma materFitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Imperial College London

O'Loan was elected for the SDLP in the 2007 Assembly Elections. He was suspended by the SDLP after advocating a merger between the SDLP and Sinn Féin to form a single nationalist party.[2] The SDLP had refused to make an electoral pact with Sinn Féin in the 2010 Westminster election.[2][3] In the May 2011 election, O'Loan ran as an SDLP candidate for re-election to the Assembly from North Antrim, but was eliminated in the last round of ballot-counting.

Declan O'Loan is married to Nuala O'Loan, a former Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. He is also the Honorary Consul of Romania in Northern Ireland. O'Loan studied at Imperial College London and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.[4]