Juliana O'Connor-Connolly
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Juliana O'Connor-Connolly


Juliana O'Connor-Connolly
Minister in the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture and Lands

May 2017
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands

29 May 2013 - 24 May 2017
MonarchElizabeth II
GovernorDuncan Taylor
Helen Kilpatrick
Mary Lawrence
McKeeva Bush
Premier of the Cayman Islands

19 December 2012 - 29 May 2013
MonarchElizabeth II
GovernorDuncan Taylor
McKeeva Bush
Alden McLaughlin
Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the District of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman

November 1996
Personal details
Born
Julianna O'Connor

Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
Political partyPeople's Progressive Movement (2013 - Present)
Other political
affiliations
United Democratic Party (2001-2012)
People's National Alliance (2012-2013)

Juliana O'Connor-Connolly is a Caymanian politician, former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands and Premier of the Cayman Islands. O'Connor-Connolly served as Premier of the Cayman Islands from 19 December 2012 until 29 May 2013 O'Connor-Connolly currently serves as the Elected Member for the district of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, serving her sixth term in the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands.

O'Connor-Connolly was the first-ever female Premier of the Cayman Islands.[1] Prior to becoming Premier, she was the territory's Deputy Premier serving from November 2009 until December 2012.[2] In 1997 O'Connor-Connolly became Cayman's first woman minister when she was chosen to fill a vacancy on Executive Council as the Minister of Community Affairs, Sports, Women, Youth and Culture. O'Connor-Connolly has previously served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from November 2001 to October 2003. From October 2003 to April 2005 she served as Minister for Planning, Communications, District Administration and Information Technology.

O'Connor-Connolly was elected Deputy Premier during the Cayman Islands general election in 2009, and in addition to assuming the post of Deputy Premier, she served as Minister of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture. In 2012 O'Connor-Connolly assumed the post of Premier of the Cayman Islands she also served as Minister of Finance, District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture.

Following the Cayman Islands general election she crossed the floor to join the People's Progressive Movement party and in May 2013 she was appointed as Speaker of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly, leaving this post in May 2017.[3] She is presently the Minister of Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture and Lands.[4]

During debate in the Legislative Assembly, following the same-sex marriage ruling by Chief Justice Anthony Smellie on 29 March 2019,[5] O'Connor-Connolly described the day of the ruling as "black Friday" for the Cayman Islands. She encouraged Caymanians to do what they could to object to the planned wedding between two women, even to the point of interrupting the wedding itself.[6] The Education Minister had used the morning prayer before the debate to refer to "cruise passengers with alternative lifestyles" causing the streets of George Town to resemble Sodom and Gomorrah.[7]

O'Connor-Connolly was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1996. She is the first woman to represent the Sister Islands. Born and raised on Cayman Brac, she first pursued a career in teaching but later received a law degree from the University of Liverpool and was a practising attorney before entering politics.

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Cayman Islands governor appoints new premier". Reuters. 19 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Julianna O'Connor-Connolly Biography".
  3. ^ "PPM and CDP cut deal for government". Cayman News Service. 26 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, JP, MLA". www.gov.ky. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Whittaker, James. "Same-sex marriage legalised in Cayman | Cayman Compass". Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ Whittaker, James. "UPDATE: Speaker Bush calls on governor to fire Human Rights chairman | Cayman Compass". Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ CIG television (5 April 2019), Legislative Assembly, April 5 2019 pt 1, retrieved 2019
Political offices
Preceded by
McKeeva Bush
Premier of the Cayman Islands
2012-2013
Succeeded by
Alden McLaughlin



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