Roger Blaney son of Mary Ellen and William Patrick Blaney of Lurgan, Co. Armagh, was educated in Lurgan, Armagh and Queen’s University Belfast where he qualified in medicine in 1957. After a number of hospital appointments, including three years in Guy’s Hospital, London, he specialised in public health medicine and was head of the Department of Community Medicine at Queen’s University before he took early retirement in 1988.
His publications include papers in the medical press, co-authorship of books on public health and he is author of Belfast: 100 years of Public Health (1988). He has written on the history of the Irish Language and has contributed to An tUltach and the newspaper LÃ. He is married to Brenda Quinn, has two sons and three daughters and lives in Holywood, Co. Down.