- Conor Murphy
- Distinguish from Connor Murphy (American ice hockey player)
Conor Murphy MP MLA Minister for Regional Development In office
8 May 2007 – 16 May 2011
Preceded by Peter Robinson Succeeded by Danny Kennedy Member of Parliament
for Newry and Armagh
Incumbent Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Seamus Mallon Majority 8,195 (16.2%) Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Newry and Armagh
Incumbent Assumed office
25 June 1998
Preceded by Constituency Created Personal details Born 10 July 1963
Newry, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK
Nationality Irish Political party Sinn Féin Alma mater University of Ulster, Queen's University of Belfast Website Conor Murphy MP MLA
According to An Phoblacht, Murphy first became involved with the Irish Republican Army (IRA) during the 1981 hunger strikes. In 1982 he was sentenced to five years in prison for IRA membership and possession of explosives.
Between 1989 and 1997, he was a Sinn Féin councillor on Newry and Mourne District Council for The Fews area, in South Armagh and South Down, and served as his party's group leader at that level.
In 2001, he contested the Newry and Armagh Westminster seat, coming second to incumbent Seamus Mallon of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP). When Mallon decided not to contest the seat again, Murphy became the clear favourite to win and was elected MP on 5 May 2005.
He refuses to take his seat in the British House of Commons in line with the abstentionist policy of Sinn Féin. In the Northern Ireland Assembly, he served as the Minister for Regional Development in the Northern Ireland Executive from 8 May 2007 until 16 May 2011.
While on a tour of UK party conferences in autumn 2005, he became the first Irish republican to address the Conservative Party conference and caused controversy by refusing to express regret over the Brighton hotel bombing, which killed five people and injured 31 others, in an assassination attempt on the life of then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
According to The Times Guide to the House of Commons, he is married with one daughter and one son.
- ^ http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/article/oupww/whoswho/U45752/
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- ^ "Back to jail for politicians". BBC News. 27 May 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/2010320.stm. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
- ^ Newry and Mourne election results ARK, accessed 1 April 2011
- ^ "Newry and Armagh". ARK. http://www.ark.ac.uk/elections/ananda.htm. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
- ^ "Changes certain in race for poll". BBC News. 5 April 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/vote_2005/northern_ireland/4409729.stm. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
- ^ "Sinn Féin win Newry and Armagh". BBC News. 6 May 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/vote_2005/northern_ireland/4497985.stm. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
- ^ "MP 'no regrets' over Tory bombing". BBC News. 4 October 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/4309568.stm. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
- Sinn Féin official biography
- Official ministerial profile as head of the Department for Regional Development of the NI executive
- Guardian Politics - Ask Aristotle: Conor Murphy MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Conor Murphy MP
Northern Ireland Assembly Preceded by
MLA for Newry and Armagh
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Newry and Armagh
Political offices Preceded by
Minister for Regional Development
2007 - present
Parliamentarians of Northern Ireland UK Parliament European Parliament
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