Frank McManus (Irish politician)

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Frank McManus (born 16 August 1942) is an Irish nationalist activist and former Member of the British House of Commons.

Born in Kinawley, County Fermanagh, he is a brother of Father Seán McManus, the Irish-American lobbyist and Catholic priest, and Pat McManus, a member of the Irish Republican Army killed in an explosion in 1958.[1]

He received his secondary education at St. Michael's College, Enniskillen; he later attended Queen's University, Belfast before becoming a solicitor. In the late 1960s, he became the chair of the Fermanagh Civil Rights Association.[2]

McManus was elected in the 1970 general election, as the Unity candidate for Fermanagh and South Tyrone. On 3 July 1970 he swore the Oath of Allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II.[3] Following the introduction of internment, he chaired the meeting on 17 October 1971 where the Northern Resistance Movement was founded.[4] He lost the seat in the February 1974 general election to Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) candidate Harry West when the Social Democratic and Labour Party also stood a candidate which resulted in a split nationalist vote. In 1977, he was a founder member of the short-lived Irish Independence Party.[2]

He is a solicitor in Lisnaskea and a trustee of the Fermanagh Trust.[5]


  1. ^ "True Republicans are successors of McManus, Crossan and Duffy", Saoirse Irish Freedom, August 2008, p. 9
  2. ^ a b Who's Who of British MPs: Volume IV, 1945-1979 by Michael Stenton and Stephen Lees (Harvester, Brighton, 1979) ISBN 0-85527-335-6
  3. ^ Journal of the House of Commons, Session 1970-71, p. 25
  4. ^ Berresford Ellis, Peter (1985). A History of the Irish Working Class. Pluto Press. 
  5. ^ The Fermanagh Trust: Trustees. Accessed 14 July 2016.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Marquess of Hamilton
Member of Parliament for Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Succeeded by
Harry West