|Member of Parliament
for Fermanagh and South Tyrone
20 August 1981 – 9 June 1983
|Preceded by||Bobby Sands|
|Succeeded by||Ken Maginnis|
9 February 1953 |
Erne Hospital, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Anti H-Block
|Website||Bobby Sands Trust|
Election agent for Bobby Sands
Carron was Bobby Sands' election agent for the April 1981 Fermanagh and South Tyrone by-election. Sands, a Republican prisoner on hunger strike, won the election, but died soon afterward. Changes in election law with the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1981 made it impossible to nominate another prisoner, so Carron stood as the "Anti H-Block/Proxy Political Prisoner".
Election as MP
Carron was elected in the August by-election with an increased majority but with fewer votes, becoming the youngest MP at the time. In line with most other Irish republicans elected to the British Parliament, he did not take his seat. He never made a secret of his support for Sinn Féin; confirmation of this came when he was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in October 1982 as a Sinn Féin candidate. At the 1983 general election he stood again, this time officially for Sinn Féin, but owing to the nomination of a candidate by the Social Democratic and Labour Party, the nationalist vote in the constituency was seriously split, and Carron lost the seat to Ken Maginnis of the Ulster Unionist Party.
Arrests in the United States and later life
Carron, along with Danny Morrison, was arrested on 21 January 1982 whilst attempting to enter the United States illegally from Canada by car. He was deported, and later both men were convicted on a charge of making false and fictitious statements to American immigration officials.
In 1986, an AK47 rifle was found in a car in which Carron was travelling. He was charged, but granted bail to contest the 1986 Fermanagh and South Tyrone by-election. He lost the election, skipped bail and moved to County Leitrim in the Republic of Ireland. He was arrested in 1988 in the Republic, and held in custody for two-and-a-half years while extradition procedures initiated by the British government took place. These procedures were unsuccessful when it was found by the Irish Supreme Court that possession of an automatic rifle constituted a 'political offence', thus prohibiting his extradition under Irish law. Following Carron's release he worked as a builder before returning to teaching in 1995, and later became the principal of Carrigallen National School.
- Liam Clarke, Broadening the Battlefield
- Fermanagh and South Tyrone election results 1983-1992, ARK, accessed 28 April 2012
- "2 Irish Activists Convicted by Jury". New York Times. 9 November 1983. Retrieved 2007-03-03.
- Andy McSmith (10 November 2005). "Bill offers amnesty to IRA fugitives". The Independent. Retrieved 2007-03-03.
- "Owen Carron: it's time for me to come home". Impartial Reporter. 17 August 2000. Archived from the original on 22 October 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-27.
- Henry McDonald (20 January 2002). "Fury as IRA fugitives win amnesty". The Observer. Retrieved 2007-03-03.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Fermanagh and South Tyrone
1981 – 1983
|Baby of the House
1981 – 1983
|Northern Ireland Assembly (1982)|
|MPA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone
1982 - 1986