|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast West
7 March 2007
|Preceded by||Diane Dodds|
|Junior Minister at the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister|
12 June 2012
Serving with Jonathan Bell
|Preceded by||Martina Anderson|
1 March 1960 |
Twinbrook, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Sinn Féin|
|Website||Jennifer McCann MLA|
McCann was born in the Twinbrook area of Belfast, and was friends with Bobby Sands and his sister Bernadette. She joined the republican movement as a schoolgirl, becoming a member of Cumann na mBan then joining the Provisional Irish Republican Army aged 17. McCann was arrested aged 20, after shooting a Royal Ulster Constabulary police officer, and subsequently sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.
McCann was released from prison after serving just over ten years of her sentence, and began working for Sinn Féin in the POW Dept and Women's Department. She is active on a number of projects in her community, including the Sally Gardens Community Centre Committee, the Safer Neighbourhoods Project, the Colin Community Festival, the Falls Community Council's Community Drugs Programme.
McCann is married to former IRA prisoner Rab Kerr, with whom she has three children.
- "Northern Ireland Assembly | AIMS Portal | MLA Details". Aims.niassembly.gov.uk. Retrieved 2012-10-06.
- 'Bobby Sands was a great role model - he was never arrogant'
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