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Shock at suicide of Sinn Féin MLAs brother

19 October, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams this evening extended his condolences to the family of party colleague Fra McCann after his brother Manuel committed suicide earlier today.

Mr Adams said:

"We are all shocked and numbed at the news that Manuel McCann the younger brother of West Belfast MLA Fra McCann was today found at his home after committing suicide. This is the second time in recent years that suicide has visited the McCann family.

"Indeed today's death brings to three the number of suicides in West Belfast alone in the past week. Three local families are now grieving and our thoughts and prayers are with all these families at this difficult time.

"Only last Wednesday Fra accompanied myself and other party colleagues as we joined local community workers to discuss the issue of suicide in North and West Belfast with the Health Minister Angela Smith.

"It is clear from the suicide rates, particularly amongst the young, that the current system is failing and urgent action needs to be taken." ENDS

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