O’Neill pays tribute to Francie Molloy’s decades-long contribution to civil and equal rights for all

Commenting on news that her long-time friend and colleague Francie Molloy is to step down from elected politics Sinn Féin Leas-Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill MLA said, ”Francie Molloy has made a huge contribution to politics and the peace process here. 

“He was heavily involved in the early Civil Rights Movement, including the protest outside the Caledon Squat in 1968 which is often considered as the spark for people in their demand for better housing, better jobs, and civil rights. 

“Francie has been involved in political activism his entire adult life, and has been elected many times as a Councillor, MLA, and MP and served as a member of the party’s Ard Chomhairle during some of the most era-defining stages of the peace process. 

Michelle O’Neill, Martin McGuinness and Francie Molloy at Mid Ulster selection convention, December 2012

“I want to thank Francie for his lifelong contribution to ensuring people’s rights are respected, his Republican politics and his personal friendship. 

“I have worked closely with Francie for many years and I’m confident that though he is retiring, he will continue to make a contribution in promoting equality for all in the time ahead.”

One of Sinn Féin’s longest serving elected representatives Francie was first elected onto Dungannon District Council in 1985 for the Torrent area. In 1998 he joined Martin McGuinness as an Assembly Member for Mid Ulster, going on to hold the position of Deputy Speaker in the Assembly.

A Republican activist since the Civil Rights campaign 50 years ago, Francie’s experience in politics and local community organisation is recognised across all sections of the electorate.

First elected to Westminster in 2013 in the by-election replacing the late Martin McGuinness, Francie has brought the campaign for Irish Unity to the platforms across Ireland and Britain and internationally.

As a strong voice for the electorate of Mid Ulster, Francie has always retained his hands on approach to representing his constituents whether at social security appeals, education reviews, planning meetings or pressing government ministers for services.

Francie has always held the view that interests of all our citizens would be best served through a new Ireland with the services and structures that can deliver for everyone.

The decision of the British government on Brexit reinforces Francie’s view that the case for a new Ireland is stronger, clearer and closer than ever before!

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