|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Newry & Armagh
7 March 2007 – 8 June 2015
|Preceded by||Davy Hyland|
|Succeeded by||Conor Murphy|
|Member of Parliament
for Newry and Armagh
8 May 2015
|Preceded by||Conor Murphy|
|Born||7 October 1950 (age 62)
Newry, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Sinn Féin|
|Website||Mickey Brady MLA|
Mickey Brady (born 7 October 1950) is an Irish politician who was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Northern Ireland for Newry and Armagh since 2007 and has been the Member of Parliament for the constituency since May 2015.
Brady was born in the Ballybot area of Newry. He attended the Abbey Primary School in the town and later the Abbey Christian Brothers' Grammar School. After this, he went to university in Liverpool. In 1981, Brady was employed by the Confederation of Community Groups in Newry, running a welfare rights advice centre, dealing with benefits and housing issues until 2007.
Brady says he was always interested in politics and was always an Irish republican so it was an obvious progression for him to be selected to contest the Newry and Armagh Assembly seat in 2007 for Sinn Féin. He first took his seat in the Northern Ireland Assembly on 8 March 2007 and retained the seat in 2011. He was selected to contest the 2015 general election by party members in Newry and won the seat. He does not take his seat in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, in line with Sinn Féin's abstentionist policy.
Brady is the Deputy Chair of the Department for Social Development committee and a member of the Health committee in the Assembly. As well as this, locally, he is also a member of the Confederation of Community Groups and a member of the Board of Governors for schools in his constituency.
On May 4, 2015, during his Westminster election campaign, Brady was told by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) of a death threat against him. During the early hours of the following morning, he was advised again of another death threat against him and a bomb threat on his family home in Newry. The PSNI searched the property and found no devices.
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