Alan Farrell

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Alan Farrell
TD
Teachta Dála
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 2011
Fingal County Councillor
In office
2004–2011
Constituency Howth-Malahide
Personal details
Born (1977-12-29) 29 December 1977 (age 36)
Malahide, County Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Emma Doyle
Website www.alanfarrell.ie

Alan Farrell (born 29 December 1977) is an Irish Fine Gael politician and a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin North constituency.[1] He was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 general election. He was a member of Fingal County Council from 2004 to 2011 for the Howth-Malahide electoral area[2] having been elected at his first attempt in June 2004 following a 4 week campaign. He was re-elected at the 2009 local elections obtaining 12.3% of the first preference vote. Farrell was Deputy Mayor in 2005 and Mayor of Fingal from 2007 to 2008.[3]

Farrell is a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality and Defence and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform. He is also the chairperson of the Fine Gael Committee on Public Exependiture & Reform.

Since his election to the Dáil, Farrell has been the subject of controversy as he hired his wife Emma Doyle as his temporary parliamentary assistant for a period of four months in the Dail just two weeks after she was rejected by Farrell's Dublin North Fine Gael Party branch as his replacement on Fingal County Council. Parliamentary assistants earn between €41,092 and €52,200 per year, which is paid for by the State.[4]

In October 2013 he referred to singer Sinéad O'Connor as being "mad as a brush", in a tweet. He later issued a brief apology.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Alan Farrell". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Alan Farrell". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Alan Farrell TD". Alanfarrell.ie. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Kelly, Fiach (26 March 2011). "FG TD hires wife as aide after council bid fails". Irish Independent. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "TD says sorry to O'Connor". Irish Examiner. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
Michael Kennedy
(Fianna Fáil)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Dublin North
2011–present
Incumbent