- Martina Anderson
Martina Anderson MLA Junior Minister at the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister In office
16 May 2011 –
Serving with Jonathan Bell
Preceded by Gerry Kelly Sinn Féin Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
Incumbent Assumed office
7 March 2007
Preceded by Mitchel McLaughlin Personal details Born 1962
Bogside, Derry, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish Political party Sinn Féin Spouse(s) Paul Kavanagh Religion Roman Catholic Website Martina Anderson MLA
Martina Anderson, MLA (born 1962) is an Irish nationalist politician in Northern Ireland who occupies the post of Director of Unionist Engagement for Sinn Féin  and is a former volunteer of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA).
Anderson was arrested aged 18 leaving a furniture store in Derry, and charged with possession of a firearm and causing an explosion. Anderson was released on bail after spending two months in Armagh Women's Prison, and fled across the border to Buncrana in County Donegal.
Anderson was again arrested on 24 June 1985 at a flat in Glasgow with four other IRA members including Brighton bomber Patrick Magee. On 11 June 1986, all five were convicted of conspiring to cause explosions in England, although Magee was the only person convicted in relation to the Brighton bombing.
In 1989, Anderson married fellow prisoner and IRA member Paul Kavanagh at Full Sutton Prison. In 1994, she was transferred from Durham Prison in England to Maghaberry Prison in Northern Ireland. On 10 November 1998, Anderson was released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement and has since renounced violence.
In December 2007 Anderson said she was concerned that large numbers of migrant workers from mainly Catholic countries were being classed as ‘Catholic/nationalist’ in monitoring forms, rather than ‘other’, she said "Given that the entire basis of the legislation around monitoring was put in place to identify imbalances in the workforce between the local Catholic/nationalist and Protestant/ unionist communities it is therefore vital that given the addition of migrant workers in the workforce, that they should clearly be categorised as having a community background of ‘other’." Employment monitoring by the Equality Commission records solely religion, and not political affiliation.
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- ^ Taylor, Peter (2001). Brits. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 157–159. ISBN 0-7475-5806-X.
- ^ Gareth Parry (10 June 1986). "Patrick Magee convicted of IRA terrorist attack". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/fromthearchive/story/0,,1235581,00.html. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
- ^ Paul Hutcheon (12 March 2006). "Fury over IRA bomber's Holyrood visit". The Sunday Herald. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4156/is_20060312/ai_n16208335. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
- ^ "The beauty queen bomber goes free". Evening Standard. 10 November 1998.
- ^ "Northern Ireland election". BBC. 9 March 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/vote2007/nielection/html/258.stm. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
- ^ "Policing Board - Martina Anderson MLA". NI Policing Board. 2007-05-31. http://www.nipolicingboard.org.uk/index/theboard/member.htm?id=6838. Retrieved 2008-04-19.
- ^ Equality Commission Northern Ireland - Press Releases
- ^ Anderson ready to fight next election - Derry Today
Northern Ireland Assembly Preceded by
MLA for Foyle
Political offices Preceded by
Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) Headquarters: Castle Buildings DepartmentJonathan BellJohn O'Dowd (acting)Martina Anderson Executive agenciesILEX Urban Regeneration Company (jointly with the Department for Social Development) · Northern Ireland Bureau · Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels Committee Website: ofmdfmni.gov.uk
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