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David McConaghie (born 1965) is a political and religious activist in Northern Ireland.

Religious activities

McConaghie had been minister of Maghaberry Elim Pentecostal Church before moving to the Free Presbyterian Church[1] and training to become a minister in it. Although he has no congregation, he served as a press officer for the Free Presbyterians[2] and was seen as a contender to replace the Rev. Ian Paisley as the church moderator. He has also been a senior member of the Independent Orange Order.[1]

McConaghie and others in a creationist pressure group, the Caleb Foundation, lobbied to have creationist theories included in displays at the new visitor centre at the Giant’s Causeway. In this effort he worked closely with DUP members and evangelical churches.[1]

Political career

McConaghie was employed by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) as an election agent for David Simpson, MP for Upper Bann.[2][3] He also served as Simpson’s adviser, press officer and speech writer.[1] McConaghie played a major role in the DUP's 2005 election campaign in which Simpson won the Upper Bann seat from the Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble. [1]

McConaghie later became chairman of the DUP in Craigavon.[1]

McConaghie, who is married and lives in Lurgan, was reported in November 2012 to be no longer working for Simpson and no longer a member of the DUP.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Belfast Telegraph news report, 16 November 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Independent news report, 16 November 2012
  3. BBC news report, 16 November 2012
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