Dominic Bradley, MLA
MLA for Newry and Armagh
Bessbrook, Northern Ireland
Biography: Dominic Bradley is an Irish politician and currently a Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Newry and Armagh. His first taste of politics was as a fifteen year old participant in Civil Rights’ marches in Newry campaigning peacefully for ‘One Man One Vote’; for fair-play in housing allocation, for equal rights for all. Subsequently, after the formation of the SDLP, his first experience of electioneering was on behalf of SDLP founder-member Paddy O’Hanlon in Stormont elections. Dominic has been a member of the SDLP for almost twenty years. During that time he acted successfully as Director of Elections for Seamus Mallon M.P. and for the Party in the Newry and Mourne Council area. At present he is Chair of the Fews Branch and has represented the Party on Council and Community Committees.
As an MLA he is the SDLP’s Spokesperson for Education and the Irish language, habing been the education editor of an Irish language newspaper, Lá Nua. Educated at Queen’s University, Belfast, Mr Bradley obtained a joint honours degree in English Literature and Language. After his degree he stayed on at Belfast and studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. As a mature student he went to the University of Ulster where he studied for and attained a Master’s degree in Irish Language and Literature.