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Sinn Fein's Martina Anderson defends her IRA past

Martina Anderson
Martina Anderson
Donna Deeney

By Donna Deeney

Sinn Fein's Martina Anderson has defended her IRA past but has denied she is sectarian, pointing to her Protestant father.

Speaking on BBC NI's Talkback programme, Ms Anderson, who served more than 13 years for terrorist offences, said she joined the IRA because of the circumstances she was born into in Londonderry.

A listener had asked Ms Anderson if she did not care about human rights when she was trying to bomb people.

"I am an Irish republican. I was born into a sectarian state, a city that was gerrymandered," she said.

"I was born into a town that had Bloody Sunday and internment.

"I was born into a time when people made choices about righting the wrong that was done."

She added that she didn't believe "anyone should feel they are born into a place that rejects them by birth because of who they are and the tradition that they come from".

"My father was a Protestant, he came from Church of Ireland.

"There is not a sectarian bone in my body," she said.

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