|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Mid Ulster
|Preceded by||Francie Molloy|
8 April 1954 |
Bellaghy, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Sinn Féin|
Born in Bellaghy, Milne joined the Official Irish Republican Army-linked Fianna Éireann youth group soon after its formation, but the following year moved to join the Provisional IRA. He was gaoled in 1971, after explosives went off in a car in which he was travelling. He was imprisoned in the Crumlin Road Jail, but escaped in January 1973. The following year, he was arrested in the Republic after stealing a Garda car, and was sentenced to five years in Portlaoise Prison. However, he again escaped, and remained an active paramilitary based in Northern Ireland.
During the mid-1970s, the Royal Ulster Constabulary described Milne as one of its three "most wanted". In 1977, he was arrested and sentenced to life for killing a British soldier. Serving time at Long Kesh, he participated in the blanket protest, but declined to take part in the republican prisoners' hunger strike. He was released in 1992.
At the Northern Ireland local elections, 2005, Milne was elected to Magherafelt District Council for Sinn Fein, and he held his seat in 2011. While on the council, he spent a period as Chairman. In 2013, he was co-opted to the Northern Ireland Assembly in Mid Ulster, replacing Francie Molloy.
- Ella O'Dwyer, "Interview: Ian Milne - freedom fighter, public representative", An Phoblacht, 24 August 2006
- "Magherafelt District Council Elections 1993-2011", Northern Ireland Elections
- "SF name Milne as Molloy replacement", Mid Ulster Mail, 25 March 2013
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|MLA for Mid Ulster