Francie was born in Gortnaghey, Dungiven. He and his wife Anne are the parents of five children: Joe, Proinnsias, Conal, Áine and Nodlaig. Francie stood successfully for Sinn Féin in the local council elections in 2001. He was elected to Stormont in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. He resigned in 2010. Francie is a founder member of pro-life Irish Republican party Aontú.Aontú, ‘unity’ in English, indicating a commitment by the party to bring people together, Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter. The pro-life campaign has contributed to this in the North, where he and his wife have been active in creating bonds of common purpose and fraternity. He is determined to tackle the sectarianism that has been fostered for their own advancement by Northern politicians for centuries. He believes the time is right to revisit 1791 and the vision of the United Irishmen of Belfast and Ulster.Francie has been active in his support of the Save Our Sperrins campaign against cyanide gold mining in his native mountains.If chosen by the voters of Limavady to represent them Francie will work tirelessly on their behalf. His approachability, experience and enduring access to the ‘corridors of power’ make him an ideal candidate for election to Causeway Coast and Glens Council.