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Kevin Downey

solicitor, Downey Property Solicitors, N. Ireland

Kevin Downey was born and grew up in Derry, Northern Ireland. He attended St Columb’s College Derry (1967‐1974). Mr. Downey obtained his B.A. in Legal Science and his M.A. from Trinity College, Dublin (1975‐1979). He interned at the offices of U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy in the summer of 1978 and worked on Sen. Kennedy’s challenge to President Carter for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1980. Mr. Downey qualified as a solicitor in 1980 and began working as a solicitor in 1981. In 1983, Mr. Downey started his own firm in Derry. In 1973, Kevin Downey joined the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), Northern Ireland. He worked as a volunteer in general party activities and election campaigns for many years. In addition, from 1993 to 1995, he was a member of the SDLP Central Executive. Mr. Downey acted as secretary to Pennyburn Branch Derry. In addition, he acted as joint election director for Foyle Constituency in the Local Government elections of 1993.