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Conor Murphy

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A married father with two children Conor has been a lifelong Camlough resident, has a deep passion for the GAA and is an active member of his local GAA Club, involved in coaching and underage football for many years.

Conor is a key member of the Sinn Féin negotiating team with particular responsibility for institutional issues and has represented the party at the Hillsborough, Leeds Castle and St Andrew’s negotiations as well as playing a key role in the Fresh Start agreement negotiated at Stormont House.

In 1998, after serving as a Newry and Mourne councillor for eight years, he was elected to the Assembly where he chaired the Assembly Committee, was the Party Chief Whip and also held the position of Group Leader of the Sinn Féin MLAs.

He was re-elected to the Assembly in 2003 and has been the Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education, Equality and International Affairs at various times. He is currently Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on all-Ireland economic matters.

In 2005 Conor Murphy created history when he became the first Irish Republican to be elected as MP for Newry and Armagh. He then went on to retain the seat in 2010.

Following his re-election to the Assembly  in 2007 he was appointed the Minister for Regional Development, a position that he held until 2011.  In 2012, as part of Sinn Féin’s commitment to ending double-jobbing, he left the Assembly to concentrate on his role as an MP. 

He returned to the Assembly in 2015 when Mickey Brady was elected MP for the constituency.  Since re-entering the Assembly he has been a member of both the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee and the Public Accounts Committee.

Statements (223)

Previous agreements must be implemented - Murphy25 February, 2018

DUP knew Acht Gaeilge essential to draft agreement – Murphy15 February, 2018

‘It’s make your mind up time’ – Murphy13 February, 2018

Sinn Féin committed to delivering rights for all - Murphy24 January, 2018

Murphy commends MJM on historic success9 January, 2018

DUP and British government need to focus on rights and equality – Murphy22 December, 2017

'SDLP should stand up for rights - not surrender them' - Murphy15 December, 2017

DUP want parity on Brexit but not people’s rights’ – Murphy24 November, 2017

‘British Government covering up DUP dark money’ – Sinn Féin23 November, 2017

Murphy welcomes Bessbrook Drugs Haul15 November, 2017

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