Friday 23 February 2018

Owen Carron: A life at the heart of Republicanism

Former Sinn Fein MP Owen Carron
Former Sinn Fein MP Owen Carron

OWEN Carron has been working as a teacher since 1995. He has been principal at Carrigallen since 2004 and had previously been principal at the nearby Drumnamore school.

A former Sinn Fein MP, he worked as Bobby Sands' election agent in April 1981 and stood in the August by-election followings Sands' death.

He won that by-election – becoming the youngest MP at the time – however, he never took his seat. He lost the seat in 1983.

In 1986 he was stopped by the RUC in Fermanagh and found to have an AK47 rifle and ammunition in his car.

He was charged, but was granted bail in order to contest the Fermanagh and South Tyrone by-election. However, Mr Carron skipped bail and fled across the border to Co Leitrim.

He was arrested two years later and held in custody for 30 months while extradition procedures were initiated in the UK.

However, following a Supreme Court ruling that the possession of the automatic rifle was a "political offence" the extradition failed.

Since then he has worked as a builder and then as a teacher from 1995. He has also spoken at a number of Sinn Fein events on the Hunger Strikers and was director of elections for SF candidate Martin Kenny during the 2007 General Election.

Irish Independent

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