Annie Courtney is a former nationalist politician in Northern Ireland.
After studying in Derry and Edinburgh, Courtney became a nurse back in Derry. She also joined the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), was elected to Derry City Council in 1985, and served as Mayor of Derry in 1993. Courtney retired from nursing in 1997.
When SDLP leader John Hume resigned from the Northern Ireland Assembly, effective from December 2000, Courtney was co-opted as his replacement, representing Foyle. Courtney was keen to contest the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2003 for the party, but did not gain the SDLP's nomination. As a result, she resigned from the party in April 2003 and instead sat as an independent. Courtney stood as an independent in the election, but took only 802 votes and was not elected.
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