SDLP Chairman Joe Byrne is a former teacher and economist, who lectured in Economics and Business Studies in Omagh College of Further and Higher Education for over 20 years.
He is a GAA enthusiast and coached the Omagh College Gaelic Football team during his time at the college.
Joe was elected as an Assembly Member in 1998, serving West Tyrone until 2003. Joe also served his local constituency of Omagh as a Councilor from 1993 to 2005. In 1997, Mr. Byrne stood as the SDLP Westminster candidate for West Tyrone, beaten narrowly in the general election.
Joe is an active member of Omagh Chamber of Commerce, Club Tyrone and Omagh Boys and Girls Youth Club.
Profile based on information supplied by the party.