Conor Murphy

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
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Seamus Mallon
Majority 8,195 (16.2%)
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Newry and Armagh
Assumed office
25 June 1998
Preceded by Constituency Created
Personal details
Born 10 July 1963 (1963-07-10) (age 48)
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

Conor Terence Murphy[1] (born 10 July 1963, Newry, County Armagh) is an Irish republican Sinn Féin politician.

According to An Phoblacht, Murphy first became involved with the Irish Republican Army (IRA) during the 1981 hunger strikes.[2] In 1982 he was sentenced to five years in prison for IRA membership and possession of explosives.[3]

Between 1989 and 1997, he was a Sinn Féin councillor on Newry and Mourne District Council for The Fews area,[4] in South Armagh and South Down, and served as his party's group leader at that level.[2]

In 1998, Murphy was elected as one of his party's two Northern Ireland Assembly members for Newry and Armagh. He was re-elected, with two party colleagues, to the Assembly in 2003.[5]

He lives in Camlough, County Armagh with his family. He attended St. Colman's College, Newry, and the Queen's University of Belfast (QUB), and the University of Ulster.

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.[6][7]

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.[8]


According to The Times Guide to the House of Commons, he is married with one daughter and one son.


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Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
New creation
MLA for Newry and Armagh
1998 -
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Séamus Mallon
Member of Parliament for Newry and Armagh
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Office suspended
Minister for Regional Development
2007 - present
Succeeded by

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