Rosie McCorley

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Rosie McCorley
Rosie McCorley, MLA.jpg
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast West
In office
2 July 2012 – May 2016
Preceded by Paul Maskey
Succeeded by Gerry Carroll
Personal details
Born (1957-01-14) 14 January 1957 (age 61) [1]
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Sinn Féin
Alma mater Open University
University of Ulster
Queen's University Belfast

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. She lost her seat at the 2016 Assembly election.[3]

A former housing officer, in 1991, McCorley was jailed for 66 years for the attempted murder of an army officer and possession of explosives.[4] While in prison she obtained a first-class honours degree in social sciences with the Open University. She holds a diploma in Irish from the University of Ulster and a post-graduate diploma in Gaeilge agus Léann an Aistriúcháin from 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.[4] 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.[5]


  1. ^ "MLA Details: Ms Rosaleen McCorley". Retrieved 2016-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b Sinn Féin picks Rosie McCorley as new West Belfast MLA, BBC News, 24 June 2012.
  3. ^ NI Assembly election: More than a third of seats declared as counting continues, BBC News, 6 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b Coming home, The Independent, 20 November 1999
  5. ^ 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
Succeeded by
Gerry Carroll