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Martina Anderson
Martina Anderson
(born 16 April 1962) is an Irish politician in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
who is a Member of the European Parliament
Member of the European Parliament
(MEP) representing Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
for Sinn Féin. She became involved in the Irish Republican movement in the late 1970s, is a former volunteer of the Provisional Irish Republican Army
Provisional Irish Republican Army
(IRA) and was in prison for IRA activity for 13 years until she was released as a condition of the Good Friday Agreement.[2][3] After her release, she became involved in politics for Sinn Féin. She was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
from 2007 to 2012, representing Foyle. She served in the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Executive as a Junior Minister at the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister from 2011 to 2012. In 2012, she became a Member of the European Parliament, and she was reelected in the 2014 election.


1 Biography 2 Political career 3 References 4 External links

Biography[edit] Anderson was born in the Bogside
in Derry, Northern Ireland, into a large family with a tradition of Irish republicanism. Her father was a Protestant. She has six sisters and three brothers, one of whom, Peter, is a Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
councillor. Anderson was arrested aged 18 leaving a furniture store in Derry
and charged with possession of a firearm and causing an explosion. She was released on bail after spending two months in Armagh Women's Prison and fled across the border to Buncrana
in County Donegal.[3] 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 hotel bombing.[4][5] In 1989, Anderson married fellow prisoner and IRA member Paul Kavanagh at Full Sutton Prison. By 1993, she was one of just two female category A prisoners in England, the other being fellow republican Ella O'Dwyer.[6] 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. Political career[edit] In 2007, Anderson was elected to the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Assembly as a Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
member for Foyle, along with Raymond McCartney.[7] In May 2007, Anderson became one of the first Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
members to join the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Policing Board.[8] 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'.[9] 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'."[9] Employment monitoring by the Equality Commission records solely religion, and not political affiliation.[10] She occupies the post of Director of Unionist Engagement for Sinn Féin[11][citation needed] She was selected by Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
to fight the Foyle constituency at the 2010 Westminster General Election.[12] She lost to the SDLP incumbent, Mark Durkan, by 5,000 votes (11% of the vote). In May 2012 it was announced that she would be replacing Bairbre de Brún, as MEP for Northern Ireland.[13] Anderson retained her MEP seat in the 2014 election, topping the poll with 159,813 first-preference votes.[14] References[edit]

^ "MLA Details: Ms Martina Anderson". Aims.niassembly.gov.uk. Retrieved 2015-10-09.  ^ "Convicted IRA Bomber Cancels Brussels Easter Uprising Event". Patrika TV. 22 March 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016. [permanent dead link] ^ a b "Beyond the Wire". Ireland's Own. 1996. Archived from the original on 9 December 2006. Retrieved 21 March 2007.  ^ 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. Retrieved 21 March 2007.  ^ Sharrock, David, "Fear and folly in She-Wing" The Guardian; 29 December 1993 ^ " Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
election". BBC. 9 March 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2007.  ^ "Policing Board – Martina Anderson
Martina Anderson
MLA". NI Policing Board. 31 May 2007. Archived from the original on 17 September 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2008.  ^ a b "Sinn Fein and DUP in job figures row - Belfast Newsletter". Newsletter.co.uk. 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2015-10-10.  ^ "ECNI - Equality Commission, Northern Ireland". Equalityni.org. 2015-08-30. Retrieved 2015-10-10.  ^ " Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Profile". Sinn Féin. 2007. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2007.  ^ "Anderson ready to fight next election". Derry
Journal. 2008-01-31. Retrieved 2015-10-10.  ^ "Sinn Fein reshuffle as Martina Anderson
Martina Anderson
takes on MEP role". BBC News. Retrieved 9 May 2012.  ^ "2014 European Election, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
First Preference Votes". ElectionsIreland.org. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 

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Official Sinn Féin
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on European Parliament
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Preceded by Bairbre de Brún MEP for Northern Ireland 2012 – present Incumbent

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Preceded by Mitchel McLaughlin MLA for Foyle 2007–2012 Succeeded by Maeve McLaughlin

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