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Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Newry and Armagh
Assumed office
26 November 2003
Minister for Employment and Learning
In office
27 October 2010 – 5 May 2011
First Minister Peter Robinson
Preceded by Sir Reg Empey
Succeeded by Stephen Farry
Minister for Regional Development
Assumed office
16 May 2011
First Minister Peter Robinson
Preceded by Conor Murphy
Personal details
Born (1959-07-06) 6 July 1959
Bessbrook, Northern Ireland
Political party Ulster Unionist Party
Children 3
Religion Presbyterian

Danny Kennedy MLA (born 6 July 1959) is a unionist politician in Northern Ireland a former deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) Assembly Group and current Minister for Regional Development.


Kennedy is married with three children; Steven, Phillip and Hannah. He was educated at Newry High School, and was an employee of British Telecom for 20 years before being elected to the Assembly.

Kennedy has served at all levels, both local and within the wider party organisation of the Ulster Unionist Party, which he joined in 1974. He ran unsuccessfully for the UUP in the Westminster election in 1997, in which he polled over 18,000 votes against Seamus Mallon.

Kennedy was UUP Assembly spokesman for education and chaired the Assembly Committee which both scrutinised and helped frame legislation at Stormont between 1998 and 2002. On the restoration of devolution in 2007 he became chairman of the Assembly Committee scrutinising the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. His performance in this office earned him the award for best Committee Chair from Northern Ireland blog Slugger O'Toole in 2008.[1]

Kennedy is a member of his local Presbyterian church and is a member of the Orange Order.

Political career

  • Member of The Northern Ireland Assembly since 1998
  • Previous Chairman of the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee on Education
  • Deputy Leader Ulster Unionist Party

Danny Kennedy decided not to appeal an employment tribunal decision that found that a Protestant job applicant had been discriminated against.[2]


  1. ^ "UK | Northern Ireland | Blog selects heroes and villains". BBC News. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  2. ^ "BBC News - Conor Murphy claims Danny Kennedy 'ignored' legal advice in DRD case". BBC News. BBC News. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 

External links

  • NI Assembly page
  • UUP Profile
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
New creation
MLA for Newry and Armagh
1998 – present
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by
Sir Reg Empey
Deputy Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party
2005 – 2010
Succeeded by
John McCallister
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Reg Empey
Minister for Employment and Learning
2010 - 2011
Succeeded by
Stephen Farry
Preceded by
Conor Murphy
Minister for Regional Development
2011 - present
Succeeded by
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