Jennifer McCann

Jennifer McCann
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast West
Assumed office
7 March 2007
Preceded by Diane Dodds
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
Preceded by Martina Anderson
Succeeded by Megan Fearon
Personal details
Born (1960-03-01) 1 March 1960 [1]
Twinbrook, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Sinn Féin
Spouse(s) Rab Kerr
Children 3
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Jennifer McCann MLA

Jennifer McCann MLA (born 1 March 1960) is an Irish republican politician in Northern Ireland, who was elected in 2007 to the Northern Ireland Assembly as a Sinn Féin member for Belfast West.

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.

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.

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


  1. "Northern Ireland Assembly | AIMS Portal | MLA Details". Retrieved 2012-10-06.


Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Diane Dodds
MLA for Belfast West
2007 –
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Martina Anderson
Junior Minister
2012 -
Succeeded by

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