Arthur Morgan (Irish politician)

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Arthur Morgan
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Teachta Dála
In office
May 2002 – February 2011
Constituency Louth
Personal details
Born (1954-07-23) 23 July 1954 (age 59)
Omeath, County Louth, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Sinn Féin

Arthur Morgan (born 23 July 1954) is a former Irish Sinn Féin politician. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Louth constituency from 2002 to 2011.[1]

Morgan was born in Omeath in County Louth. Educated locally, he joined the small family fish processing company, where he became a director.[2] He is a founding member of Cooley Environmental and Health Action Committee which campaigns against Sellafield nuclear power station.

Morgan is a former Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoner. He was sentenced to 14 years in jail after being arrested on a boat on Carlingford Lough during an operation in 1977.[3] He served seven and a half years at Long Kesh prison, where he participated in the blanket protest, before being released in 1984.[2]

He was an unsuccessful Dáil candidate at the 1987 and 1989 general elections.[4] At the 1999 European Parliament election Morgan polled over 20,000 votes in the Leinster constituency but failed to be elected. He was elected to Louth County Council on the same day for the Dundalk Carlingford area. At the 2002 general election he was elected to Dáil Éireann as a Sinn Féin TD and retained his seat at the 2007 general election.[4]

In a Dáil debate on the budget on 6 March 2008, Morgan launched a strong attack on the government's economic policy, saying that "There is more social conscience in a cat's arse than there is in the entire Fianna Fáil parliamentary party." Condemning a Government proposal to give tax breaks for the development of private hospices, he asked "Why would I expect any different from a Tánaiste and a Government over this partial Parliament in this little semi-statelet over which he is presiding?".[5][6] Deputy Michael Finneran responded by saying that "if it was not for him and his fellow travellers we would have had considerably more money to invest in many projects over the years instead of needing to spend it on security to protect the State."[5][6]

On 9 November 2010, he announced that he would not be contesting the 2011 general election.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Arthur Morgan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Roy Hattersley (30 June 2002). "Ballots are triumphing over bullets". The Observer. 
  3. ^ "From Long Kesh to Leinster House". An Phoblacht. 14 December 2006. 
  4. ^ a b "Arthur Morgan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Official Report (Dáil Éireann), Vol. 649 No. 3: Finance Bill 2008: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stages". Houses of the Oireachtas. 6 March 2008. Archived from the original on 20 March 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2008. 
  6. ^ a b Michael O'Regan (7 March 2008). "Mansergh and Morgan clash over private hospitals". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 March 2008. 
  7. ^ "SF TD not to contest next election". The Irish Times. 9 November 2010. Archived from the original on 13 November 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
Oireachtas
Preceded by
Michael Bell
(Labour Party)
Sinn Féin Teachta Dála for Louth
2002–2011
Succeeded by
Gerry Adams
(Sinn Féin)