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

Francie Molloy

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Member of Parliament
for Mid Ulster
Assumed office
7 March 2013
Preceded byMartin McGuinness
Majority12,890 (27.6%)
Principal Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
In office
28 June 2011 – 15 April 2013
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byMitchel McLaughlin
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Mid Ulster
In office
25 June 1998 – 8 April 2013[1]
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byIan Milne
Personal details
Born (1950-12-16) 16 December 1950 (age 68)[2]
County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partySinn Féin
WebsiteFrancie Molloy MLA website

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.[citation needed]

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, he 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 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 Parliament so he could take legal action (the original speech being subject to parliamentary privilege and thus not actionable).[citation needed]

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 denied the claims were behind his decision to stand.[11]

In the aftermath of the British vote to launch air strikes in Syria against Islamic State he caused controversy by stating, "Brits back to what they do best, Murder." He and Sinn Féin refused to apologise.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Northern Ireland Assembly".
  2. ^ "The Northern Ireland Assembly".
  3. ^ Gareth Gordon (1 January 1970). "Sinn Féin's Francie Molloy wins Mid Ulster by-election". BBC News. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  4. ^ "1982 Assembly election count details" (PDF).
  5. ^ 1985 Dungannon council results, ARK, accessed 3 January 2013.
  6. ^ 1994 European election result, ARK, accessed 3 January 2013.
  7. ^ Suspension for contradicting SF policy, BBC News; accessed 16 May 2016.
  8. ^ Molloy to contest Mid Ulster when McGuiness steps down BBC News
  9. ^ Megan (22 November 2007). "'Informer' Molloy is linked to IRA killing". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  10. ^ "'I didn't know about Molloy allegations'". Belfast Newsletter. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  11. ^ "This is not about me and Molloy, says town undertaker". Portadown Times. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  12. ^ reporter, Graeme Demianyk Political; UK, The Huffington Post (2 December 2015). "Sinn Féin MP Says Syria Bombing Is 'Brits Back To What They Do Best, Murder'". HuffPost UK.

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