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Sinn Fein's Conor Murphy back in Assembly

By Noel McAdam

Published 09/06/2015

Conor Murphy
Conor Murphy

Sinn Fein's Conor Murphy, regarded as a potential successor to party president Gerry Adams, is back in the Assembly.

The senior negotiator has recently played a pivotal role both in the lead-up to the Stormont House Agreement and the crisis since Sinn Fein withdrew support for it.

Now the Newry man has swapped Westminster for the Stormont stage - after doing the opposite four years ago.

The former Executive Minister is being co-opted as a Newry and Armagh MLA to replace Mickey Brady, who was elected Newry and Armagh MP in the general election in May.

Mr Murphy made history in 2005 when he became the first republican to be elected as MP for Newry and Armagh.

In 2007 he was appointed the Minister for Regional Development, a position that he held until 2011.

Announcing the change-over in the Assembly yesterday, Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin wished Mr Murphy "every success".

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