Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill pays tribute following news Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady won't seek re-election

Mickey Brady MP.Mickey Brady MP.
Mickey Brady MP.
Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady will not stand at the next Westminister elections, Sinn Féin have announced.

Mr Brady was elected as MP for Newry and Armagh in 2015 and again in 2017 and 2019, but prior to that served as an MLA in the Assembly having been first elected in 2007.

During his time in the Assembly, Mickey served on the Health Committee and also served as Deputy-Chair of the Department for Social Development Committee.

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He was born in Ballybot in 1950 and began work as a project manager of the Welfare Rights Project with the Confederation of Community Groups in Newry.

The party said that Mr Brady had been a strong advocate of the Good Friday Agreement adding that he is a current member of the Good Friday Agreement Implementation Committee in Leinster House.

Commenting on news, Sinn Féin Leas-Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill MLA said: “For over 40 years, Mickey Brady has been to the fore of giving a voice to people and working to transform communities, and played a key role in assisting people with welfare and housing advice.

“First elected to the Assembly in 2007, Mickey has spent his life fighting for a fair and equal society, and was steadfast in his support for the Good Friday Agreement and delivering real change.

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“He was elected to Westminster as MP for Newry and Armagh on three terms and has worked hard and with great determination, both locally and abroad, to promote the continued peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland and to consolidate the growth of Sinn Féin.

“I want to thank Mickey for his lifelong contribution, for a life activism, friendship and for his warmth and kindness and I wish him and his family all the very best for the future.

“Although stepping down from elected politics, I have no doubt Mickey will continue to champion the people of Newry and Armagh, while enjoying much-deserved downtime. Ádh mór, Mickey.”