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Danny O'Connor (born 1965) is a nationalist politician in Northern Ireland.

Born in Larne,[1] O'Connor served in the Ulster Defence Regiment[2] before being elected to Larne Borough Council representing the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) in 1997.[1] The same year, he stood for the party at the 1997 Westminster election in East Antrim, but took only 4.6% of the votes cast.[3]

O'Connor was elected for East Antrim at the 1998 Northern Ireland Assembly election.[3] In 1999, his car was twice petrol bombed, while his house and his brother's house were also attacked. He described it as part of a systematic loyalist campaign against Catholics in Larne.[4] His home was attacked again in 2001,[5] and in 2002, when he blamed the paramilitary Ulster Defence Association (UDA).[6]

O'Connor stood again in the 2001 general election, increasing his share of the vote to 7.3%, but lost his Assembly seat at the 2003 election.[3] In 2004, he fired warning shots when confronted by a group of men.[7] While his mother claimed the group were UDA members, the British Government concluded there was "no evidence" of this.[8]

He fell back to 5.3 percent of the vote at the 2005 general election.[3] In 2006, he became the first nationalist Mayor of Larne.[9] In 2007 he stood again for East Antrim, and was again unsuccessful.[3]

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Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
New creation
MLA for Antrim East
1998 - 2003
Succeeded by
George Dawson
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