Jennifer McCann

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Jennifer McCann
Junior Minister at the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister
In office
12 June 2012 – 25 June 2016
Serving with Jonathan Bell, Michelle McIlveen and Emma Pengelly[a]
Preceded by Martina Anderson
Succeeded by Megan Fearon
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Belfast West
In office
7 March 2007 – 6 December 2016
Preceded by Diane Dodds
Succeeded by Órlaithí Flynn
Personal details
Born (1960-03-01) 1 March 1960 (age 58) [1]
Twinbrook, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Sinn Féin
Spouse(s) Rab Kerr
Children 3
Website Jennifer McCann MLA
a. ^ Served alongside Emma Pengelly until 25 May 2016

Jennifer McCann (born 1 March 1960) is an Irish republican former politician in Northern Ireland, who was elected in 2007 to the Northern Ireland Assembly as a Sinn Féin member for Belfast West. She resigned from the Assembly in December 2016.[2]

Early life

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.

Political career

McCann was released from prison after serving just over ten years of her sentence, and began working for Sinn Féin in the POW Department 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, and the Falls Community Council's Community Drugs Programme.

Personal life

McCann is married to former IRA prisoner Rab Kerr, with whom she has three children.


  1. ^ "MLA Details". NI Assembly. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sinn Fein's Jennifer McCann resigns as West Belfast MLA". Independent News and Media. 17 November 2016. 


  • Bobby Sands was a great role model – he was never arrogant Sunday Tribune (archived), 12 November 2007
  • Northern Ireland Assembly West Belfast MLAs[dead link] Stratagem NI
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Diane Dodds
MLA for Belfast West
Succeeded by
Órlaithí Flynn
Political offices
Preceded by
Martina Anderson
Junior Minister
Succeeded by
Megan Fearon

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