Rosie McCorley

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Rosie McCorley
Rosie McCorley, MLA.jpg
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast West
Assumed office
2 July 2012
Preceded by Paul Maskey
Personal details
Born (1957-01-14) 14 January 1957 (age 57) [1]
Nationality Irish
Political party Sinn Féin
Religion Roman Catholicism

Rosaleen "Rosie" McCorley (born 14 January 1957) is an Irish Sinn Féin politician who was selected by her party as a member (MLA) of the Northern Ireland Assembly to represent the Belfast West constituency in June 2012.[2] She replaced her party colleague Paul Maskey, an abstentionist MP in the parliament of the United Kingdom, who had resigned from the Northern Ireland Assembly as part of Sinn Féin's policy of abolishing double jobbing.

A former housing officer, in 1991 McCorley was jailed for 66 years for the attempted murder of an army officer and possession of explosives.[3] While in prison she obtained a first-class honours degree in social sciences with the Open University. She also holds a diploma in Irish with the University of Ulster and a post-graduate diploma in Aistriuchan sa Nua Gaeilge with Queen's University Belfast.[2] She served eight years of her sentence before being released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement in November 1999. She was the first female prisoner to be released following the agreement.[3] After her release, she worked for Coiste na nIarchimí, an Irish republican ex-prisoners’ group, for eight years, before taking up a post as political adviser with Sinn Féin in 2007 working with MLAs Fra McCann and Pat Sheehan.[4]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Sinn Féin picks Rosie McCorley as new West Belfast MLA, BBC News, 24 June 2012
  3. ^ a b Coming home, The Independent, 20 November 1999
  4. ^ Former prisoner takes seat at Stormont, The Irish Echo, 27 June 2012, accessed 23 July 2012
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Paul Maskey
MLA for Belfast West
2012 -
Succeeded by