Francie Molloy

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Francie Molloy
Proinsias Ó Maolmhuaidh

MP
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Member of Parliament
for Mid Ulster
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 March 2013
Preceded by Martin McGuinness
Majority 4,681 (12.6%)
Principal Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
In office
28 June 2011 – 15 April 2013
Preceded by Office Established
Succeeded by Mitchel McLaughlin
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Mid Ulster
In office
25 June 1998 – 8 April 2013[1]
Preceded by Office Created
Succeeded by Ian Milne
Personal details
Born (1950-12-16) 16 December 1950 (age 63) [2]
County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Sinn Féin
Website Francie Molloy MLA [1]

Francie Molloy (Irish: Proinsias Ó Maolmhuaidh; born 16 December 1950) is a Sinn Féin politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Mid Ulster since 2013 and the Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Mid Ulster since 1998.[3]

He first stood for Sinn Féin in Fermanagh and South Tyrone in the 1982 Assembly Elections, finishing sixth in the five-seat constituency.[4] He was then elected to Dungannon council in 1985[5] representing the Torrent electoral area, centred on Coalisland. He retired from the council in 1989 but was re-elected in 1993 and has been a councillor since then.

Molloy stood unsuccessfully for Sinn Féin in the European election, 1994.[6]

Molloy was elected to the Northern Ireland Forum in 1996 representing Mid-Ulster and then for the same constituency to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998, 2003 and 2007.

In 2005, Molloy was temporarily suspended from Sinn Féin after publicly disagreeing with the party policy on eliminating many district councils, including the Dungannon Council of which he was a member.[7]

In December 2012, Molloy was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate for the UK parliamentary constituency of Mid-Ulster, which had been held by his party colleague Martin McGuinness since the 1997 General election.[8] The by election took place on 7 March 2013.

In the run-up to the election, media attention focussed on past allegations about Molloy and how they related to the DUP/UUP-supported independent candidate Nigel Lutton - in 2007, DUP MP David Simpson had claimed during a debate in the Westminster parliament that Molloy had been a member of the IRA and was suspected by police of being involved in the fatal shooting of Lutton's father, Frederick 'Eric' Lutton, on 1 May 1979. The IRA had taken responsibility for it on the basis he was an RUC reservist. The investigation came to nothing, and Simpson claimed this was because Molloy was subsequently coerced into becoming a police informant, providing information that helped break up the IRA's East Tyrone brigade.[9] Molloy denied the allegations at the time, and challenged anyone to repeat them outside of Parliament so that he could take legal action (the original speech being subject to parliamentary privilege and thus not actionable).

The UUP leader Mike Nesbitt said he had been unaware of the speech and that it had played no part in Lutton's selection.[10] Lutton also denied the claims were behind his decision to stand.[11]


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Political offices
Preceded by
William King
Mayor of Coleraine
1993–1995
Succeeded by
Pauline Armitage
Preceded by
Jane Morrice
Deputy Speaker
(with Roy Beggs and John Dallat)

2007–2011
Succeeded by
Roy Beggs
John Dallat
Preceded by
Office Created
Principal Deputy Speaker
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Mitchel McLaughlin
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Constituency Created
MLA for Mid Ulster
1998–2013
Succeeded by
Ian Milne
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Martin McGuinness
Member of Parliament for Mid Ulster
2013–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent