Fra McCann

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Fra McCann
Fra McCann.jpg
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for West Belfast
Assumed office
26 November 2003
Preceded by Alex Maskey
Personal details
Born (1953-06-19) 19 June 1953 (age 63) [1]
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Political party Sinn Féin
Website Fra McCann MLA

Fra McCann (born 19 June 1953) 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 in a by-election,[2] representing Sinn Féin.

McCann was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly representing West Belfast in 2003 and again in 2007.[3]

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.[4]

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 claimed heavy-handedness by the police 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.[5][6]


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed 5 March 2017.
  2. ^ 1987 by-election
  3. ^ Fra McCann MLA West Belfast,; accessed 5 March 2017.
  4. ^ Sinn Féin politicians,; accessed 5 March 2017.
  5. ^ Report of McCann's arrest in June 2006,; accessed 5 March 2017.
  6. ^ The wrong sort of involvement in policing,; accessed 5 March 2017.

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Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Alex Maskey
MLA for Belfast West
2003 -
Succeeded by