Fra McCann


Fra McCann

Infobox Politician
name=Fra McCann MLA


width=144px
term_start=2003
term_end=
predecessor=
successor=Incumbent
birth_date=1953
birth_place=Belfast, Northern Ireland
constituency=West Belfast
party=Sinn Féin
office=Six Counties Chairperson
spouse=
website= [http://www.sinnfeinonline.com/representatives/372 Fra McCann MLA]

Fra McCann is an Irish politician. McCann became active in the Irish republican movement and during the 1970s was jailed on a number of occasions. In 1987, he was elected to Belfast City Council, representing Sinn Féin.

McCann was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly representing West Belfast in 2003 and again in 2007. [ [http://www.sinnfeinonline.com/representatives/372 Sinn Féin: Fra McCann MLA West Belfast] ]

He was imprisoned during the 1970s for firearms offences. While being held in H-Block 3 of the Maze, McCann befriended Kieran Nugent and participated in the blanket protest. [ [http://www.village.ie/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=206 village.ie report on Sinn Féin politicians] ] [ [http://www.coiste.ie/politicaltours/kieran_nugent.asp Obituary of Nugent by McCann] ]

In June 2006 McCann was charged with assault and disorderly behaviour following an incident in west Belfast. The incident occurred as the PSNI were attempting to arrest a teenager for attempted robbery. However McCann alleged heavy handedness and stated "I tried to put myself between one of the officers and the girl when the police officer radioed for assistance. McCann was released on bail. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/5158106.stm BBC News] ] [ [http://www.sluggerotoole.com/index.php/weblog/comments/the_wrong_sort_of_involvement_in_policing/ Slugger O'Toole] ]

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