Francie Brolly is confirmed dead at the age of 82.
Francie was best known as a Irish politician.
RT @Toibin1: Extremely sad to hear of the passing of Francie Brolly this morning. Francie was a husband, a father, a teacher,…
RT @Toibin1: Extremely sad to hear of the passing of Francie Brolly this morning. 1225376629884502017,2020-02-06 11:12:09 +0000,belfastsinnfein,RT @moneillsf: I am saddened by the news of Francie Brolly’s passing.
RIP Francie Brolly #FrancieBrolly add some flowers to their gravestone at
RT @moneillsf: I am saddened by the news of Francie Brolly’s passing. 1225376353442287617,2020-02-06 11:11:03 +0000,CaraDillonSings,It’s with a heavy heart that I leave Dungiven town today knowing that a pillar of the community has passed on. Peac…
RT @Toibin1: Extremely sad to hear of the passing of Francie Brolly this morning. 1225375589089128448,2020-02-06 11:08:01 +0000,LuccketiMandy,RT @M_AndersonSF: So sad to hear the news of Francie Brolly’s death - ⁦@GerryKellyMLA⁩ & I had the honour of sharing a stage with him…
RT @RaymondMcCartn1: Just hearing about the sad passing of Francie Brolly. The term fear uasal was designed to describe people like Fran…
Francie Brolly - The H-Block song
RT @GerryAdamsSF: I am really sorry to hear of the death of Francie Brolly. I met Francie first in the cages of Long Kesh. He was alw…
RT @GerryAdamsSF: I am really sorry to hear of the death of Francie Brolly. I met Francie first in the cages of Long Kesh. He was alw…
RT @BothLivesMatter: We send our heartfelt condolences to the Brolly family today. Francie was a much loved friend & partner in Both Liv…
RT @RaymondMcCartn1: Just hearing about the sad passing of Francie Brolly. The term fear uasal was designed to describe people like Fran…
RT @moneillsf: I am saddened by the news of Francie Brolly’s passing. 1225374104074833920,2020-02-06 11:02:07 +0000,seanpowerjersey,SF pays tribute to former MLA Francie Brolly
Francie Brolly
Francie Brolly 2012.jpg
Brolly in 2012
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for East Londonderry
In office
26 November 2003 – 12 January 2010
Preceded byMichael Coyle
Succeeded byBilly Leonard
Personal details
BornDungiven, Northern Ireland
Political partySinn Féin (until 2018)
Spouse(s)Anne Brolly
ChildrenJoseph (Joe), Proinnsías, Conal, Áine & Nollaig

Francie (formally Francis) Brolly was an Irish musician, teacher and Irish republican politician from Dungiven, Northern Ireland. He was first elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2003 and was re-elected in 2007 as a Sinn Féin member for the East Londonderry constituency. He resigned in 2010.

His wife, Anne Brolly was the first Sinn Féin Mayor and the first female Mayor of Limavady between 2003 and 2004, the council to which she was elected in 2001.
In 2005, he was arrested by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and questioned about a bombing incident in the village of Claudy in 1972. An official complaint was lodged with the Police Ombudsman regarding the lawfulness of the arrest and this investigation is ongoing. Brolly mounted a legal challenge in relation to the arrest against the PSNI, which settled out of court.
In February 2018, Brolly left the Sinn Fein Party over its support for abortion In March 2018 he and his wife joined Aontú, a new anti-abortion republican party founded by former Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín.
Interests
Brolly was an Irish culture enthusiast. A lyricist and musician, he has written many well-known Irish republican songs, most famously The H-Block Song. His daughter, Nollaig, is also a well-known singer and Celtic harpist. He served as the Assembly spokesperson for Sinn Féin on Culture, Arts and Leisure, sitting on that Department's oversight committee. He is also an Irish language enthusiast and is a fluent speaker of the language.
He was a long-standing member of the GAA and has played football for Derry. He is an Executive Committee Member of St Canice's GAC Dungiven. His son Joe Brolly was part of Derry's 1993 All-Ireland Championship winning side and has won two All Stars.
He died on 6 February 2020.
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