Karen Mullan

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Karen Mullan

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Karen Mullen at Stormont
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Foyle
Assumed office
20 June 2017
Preceded by Elisha McCallion
Personal details
Born (1976-08-18) 18 August 1976 (age 42)
Derry, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Sinn Féin

Karen Mullan MLA (born 18 August 1976) is a Sinn Féin politician from Derry, Northern Ireland who has served as Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Foyle constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly since June 2017.[1]


Mullan served as a community worker in Derry prior to her co-option by Sinn Féin.[2] She was co-opted after Foyle MLA Elisha McCallion was elected to the House of Commons following the 2017 general election. She is currently Sinn Féin’s northern Education Spokesperson in the Assembly.[3]

She is a graduate from Ulster University with a degree in Community Development and is a former manager of Hillcrest Trust, a community centre in the Waterside area of Derry.[4]

She played a key role in setting up a charity, Pink Ladies Cancer Support Group, who lobbied for the delivery of the North-West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.[5]


Mullan is also a director of Waterside Neighbourhood Partnership, which is a community group based in Derry. The organisation was found guilty in 2017 of having unlawfully discriminated against a job applicant based on political opinion.[6] The organisation was ordered to pay £11,000 to the applicant, who was the highest-scoring candidate in the interviews.[6] Giving evidence at the tribunal, Mullan revealed during cross-examination that an interview panelist informed her that they "had been bullied" into giving a better score. The tribunal said Mullan's evidence "lacked credibility".[6]


  1. ^ Madden, Andrew. "Sinn Féin co-opt new MLAs in Foyle and West Tyrone". The Irish News.
  2. ^ Now, Derry. "New Foyle MLA Karen Mullan has celebrated her first day at Stormont". Derry Now.
  3. ^ "MLA Mullan named as Sinn Féin's new education spokesperson". Derry Daily. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Karen Mullan". Hillcrest Trust. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Pink Ladies branch out". Sentinel. 27 October 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Hughes, Brendan. "Sinn Féin MLA is director of group found to have discriminated against job applicant". The Irish News.
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Elisha McCallion
MLA for Foyle
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