|Brian Crowley in 2014|
|Member of the European Parliament|
4 March 1964 |
|Political party||Fianna Fáil|
|Alma mater||University College Cork|
Brian Crowley (born 4 March 1964) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and an ALDE Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the South constituency. He was co-president of the Union for Europe of the Nations group in the European Parliament in which Fianna Fáil sat until it joined the ELDR and, by extension, ALDE. He is a wheelchair-user as a result of an accident he suffered at age 16.
Crowley was born in Dublin in 1964, but was raised in Bandon, County Cork, where he attended Hamilton High School. He received a diploma in law in 1993 from University College Cork, and the following year he was nominated by the Taoiseach Albert Reynolds to the 20th Seanad Éireann. At the 1994 European Parliament election he was elected to the European Parliament for the Munster constituency. He has retained his seat at the three subsequent elections. He was a member of Ireland's Council of State from 1997 to 2004.
He is a member of the European Parliament's Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group in the European Parliament, which comprises 103 MEPs from 22 Member States. Crowley is a member of the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the delegation for relations with the United States. Crowley also serves as a substitute member of the Committee on Legal Affairs.
On 12 February 2009, the Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament approved a report drafted by Brian Crowley to extend the copyright term of music recordings from 50 years to 95 years.
In June 2011, Crowley refused to release details of his expense and allowance claims as a member of the European Parliament.
Again in July 2011, Crowley declared to Fianna Fáil party colleagues, that he was available to run for the presidency, but had been advised by party colleague Fianna Fáil TD Willie O'Dea not to seek his party's nomination. In the context of failure to be nominated for the presidential election by his party, Crowley withdrew his candidature for the nomination.
From 2011 to 2013, Crowley had trouble with sores on his legs arising from his paralysis. These required repeated treatment which kept him out of the public eye. In July 2013 he said his health was improved and he intended to stand for re-election in 2014.
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T. J. Maher
|Member of the European Parliament for Munster
|New constituency||Member of the European Parliament for South