32 year old Emma Rogan is 32 has lived all her life in Loughinisland and she is a past pupil of St Colmcille’s High School Crossgar and St Patrick’s Grammar, Downpatrick. Upon leaving school, Emma embarked on a 13 year career in Finance and Banking before being selected to replace Chris Hazzard in the Northern Assembly after Chris was returned as the MP for south Down in May, 2017. (check date)
A tireless campaigner for the relatives of victims directly impacted by the troubles, Emma is passionate about ensuring legacy issues are addressed in order to ensure the families of victims receive some form of closure. She is a founding member of the Loughinisland Justice Group that was established in 2005 to allow the families who lost loved ones in the 1994 Height’s Bar massacre the opportunity to come together to campaign for truth and justice. Emma’s involvement in this campaign has taken her all over the world, from the USA to visits to the European Parliament to lobby on behalf of the group. She has used her experience with the Loughinisland Justice Group to help assist other victims establish similar support groups.
Emma is passionate about her local community and works closely with many local groups to improve and enhance facilities in rural areas south Down. Her other priorities include protecting and retaining services at the local Down Hospital and she has worked closely with local businesses and shop owners in an effort to regenerate towns and villages so that they are returned to thriving places of local enterprise and employment.
In her spare time Emma enjoys long walks in the Co Down countryside and she is an keen supporter of the GAA at club and county level.