Preceded byCarmel Hanna WebsiteOfficial website NationalityIrish NameConall McDevitt
Political partySDLP RoleIrish Politician ReligionRoman Catholicism Succeeded byFearghal McKinney
Born1 June 1972 (age 43)
Dublin, Republic of Ireland (1972-06-01) PartySocial Democratic and Labour Party Similar PeopleJohn Hume, Gerry Fitt, Paddy Devlin
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Conall McDevitt (born 1972 in Dublin) is a former politician Irish nationalist and MLA for South Belfast. He also served as the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) spokesman on Health, Social Services and Public safety and Policing, and was appointed to the Policing Board in May 2011.
McDevitt became the National Secretary of Labour Youth (Ireland) in 1993 and Vice President of ECOSY (European Community Organisation of Socialist Youth) in 1994. He became the SDLP Director of Communications in November 1996 until December 1999, a time that included the negotiations leading to the Good Friday Agreement and first Assembly elections. He left the SDLP to work as customer relations manager of Viridian Group PLC, then owners of Northern Ireland Electricity.
Following the establishment of the power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive, McDevitt served as Special Adviser to the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Bríd Rodgers. He was involved in the attempts to resolve the Drumcree conflict and advised Rodgers during the 2001 United Kingdom foot-and-mouth outbreak.
He was Managing Director of Weber Shandwick in Northern Ireland from 2007 until his election to the MLA in 2010 and Chairperson of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. He was selected as the new SDLP MLA for South Belfast on 9 December 2009 and succeeded Carmel Hanna in the Northern Ireland Assembly in early 2010.
On 17 May 2012, McDevitt launched a consultation seeking views on a reduction in speed limits from 30 mph to 20 mph on designated unclassified roads.
McDevitt said the SDLP was "100%" behind moves to permit same-sex marriage, but caused controversy by saying two veteran councillors would be disciplined over their opposition to it.
In September 2013 he resigned from the Assembly after the revelation of three separate undeclared payments, amounting in total to £50,750 made up of £30,000 to JM Consulting for research support for his work as a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, £14,000 to JM Consulting for research and secretarial services for his work as an MLA and £6,750 from his previous employer Weber Shandwick while sitting as an MLA. JM Consulting is owned by McDevitt’s wife Joanne Murphy
Three months after his resignation he joined Dublin based Public Relations and lobbying firm Hume Brophy and as of 2016 was made its chief executive.
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Born in Dublin, Ireland, but brought up in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain, McDevitt was educated at the Instituto Bachillerato Mixto, Fuengirola. He lectures occasionally on public affairs and public relations. His blog was a source of commentary on economic and political issues in Ireland.