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Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson, who has served more than 13 years in prison for terrorist offenses, gave an impassioned speech against Irish support in the Brexit negotiations as she waved her Irish passport. Dressed in an Irish soccer jersey, she told the European Parliament that the safety net would take northern Ireland “out of the EU against our will”.
She said: “Chairde [âfriendsâ in Irish], my Irish passport says that it is the right and birthright of anyone born on the island of Ireland to be part of the Irish nation.
âAs this resolution makes clear, we, the Irish of Northern Ireland, therefore have the right to European citizenship where we reside.
âWhile the safety net is essential to prevent a hardening of the border partition in Ireland, to protect the economy of all of Ireland and North-South cooperation, it takes us out of the EU against our will.
âWe in the north of Ireland voted to stay.
“The Good Friday Agreement offers a peaceful and democratic return route to the EU for the people of northern Ireland and this should be respected by all.”
The bizarre appearance prompted Twitter users to highlight Ms Anderson’s ARI past.
Brexit Party MEP Alexandra Phillips posted: Nigel will speak after MEP Martina Anderson. Are we all going to remember his story? Ah yes. The IRA.
Another said: “Oh look at the former IRA terrorist sympathizer @M_AndersonSF speaking in the @Europarl_EN”
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She got involved in politics and now represents Northern Ireland for Sinn Fein as a Member of the European Parliament.
Earlier this year, she opened up about her past during a radio appearance.
She told BBC NI’s Talkback show: âI am an Irish Republican. I was born in a sectarian state, a city that was devastated.
âI was born in a town that had Bloody Sunday and internment.
“I was born in a time when people were making choices to right the wrong that had been done.”