Oscar-nominated actor Rea backs Eamonn McCann in Assembly elections

People Before Profit election candidate, Eamonn McCann
People Before Profit election candidate, Eamonn McCann

Oscar-nominated actor, Stephen Rea, has lent his support to People Before Profit election candidate, Eamonn McCann.

Mr McCann will contest the Assembly election in Foyle when voters cast their ballots on May 5.

Rea, who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Fergus in ‘The Crying Game’ in 1992, is a close friend of Mr McCann and in a video for People Before Profit, he explains why he thinks people in Foyle should vote for him.

“I think Eamonn McCann’s entry in the politics of Northern Ireland is very important,” said the Belfast-born actor.

“In all of the years I have known Eamonn, he hasn’t had a single drop of sectarian blood in his veins.”

Rea signs off the video by suggesting that if elected to the Assembly, Mr McCann would freshen things up.

Belfast born actor, Stephen Rea, has appeared in well known films such as 'The Crying Game', 'Michael Collins' and 'Breakfast On Pluto'.

Belfast born actor, Stephen Rea, has appeared in well known films such as 'The Crying Game', 'Michael Collins' and 'Breakfast On Pluto'.

“At least [Eamonn McCann] keeps you awake when most politicians make you wish you were dead.”

Candidates contesting the election in Foyle area are: Kathleen Bradley (Independent), Maurice Devenney (Independent), Gerard Diver (SDLP), Alan Dunlop (NI Conservatives), Mark H Durkan (SDLP), Colum Eastwood (SDLP), Mary Hassan (Green NI), Julia Kee (UUP), John Lindsay (CISTA), Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit), Raymond McCartney (Sinn Fein), Chris McCaw (Alliance), Dr Anne McCloskey (Independent), Martin McGuinness (Sinn Fein), Maeve McLaughlin (Sinn Fein), Gary Middleton (DUP).

I think Eamonn McCann’s entry in the politics of Northern Ireland is very important