Clare Daly

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Clare Daly
TD
Clare Daly.jpg
Teachta Dála
Incumbent
Assumed office
26 February 2011
Constituency Dublin North
Fingal County Councillor
In office
1999–2011
Constituency Swords
Personal details
Born April 1968 (1968-04) (age 46)
County Kildare, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party United Left (2013–)
Other political
affiliations
Socialist Party (1996–2012)
Labour Party (–1989)
Spouse(s) Michael Murphy
Alma mater Dublin City University
Website www.claredaly.ie

Clare Daly (born April 1968) is an Irish politician.[1] She was elected as a Socialist Party Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin North constituency at the 2011 general election.[2] She was previously a Socialist Party councillor for the Swords electoral area on Fingal County Council. She resigned from the Socialist Party on 31 August 2012, redesignating herself as a United Left Alliance TD.[3]

Early life[edit]

Daly is from Newbridge, County Kildare. Her father, Kevin Daly, was a Colonel in the Irish Army and Director of Signals. She is a long-standing atheist, though her brother and an uncle are in the Catholic priesthood.[4] Daly studied accountancy at Dublin City University.[4] She was twice elected president of the Students' Union and was prominent in the students' movement campaign for abortion rights and information. On leaving college she took a job in the catering section of Aer Lingus on a low wage,[4] and became SIPTU's shop steward at Dublin Airport when the airline was engaged in extensive cost-cutting and outsourcing. Daly was elected to the Labour Party's Administrative Committee as a youth representative. She was expelled from the Labour Party in 1989 alongside Joe Higgins and other supporters of the Militant Tendency.

Career[edit]

Local politics[edit]

On 19 September 2003, Daly was jailed for a month, alongside 21 others from the Anti-Bin Tax Campaign for breaching a High Court order preventing protests leading to obstruction of the council's non-collection policy for those not paying bin charges.[5][6] She was also an organiser of the Anti-Water charges campaign in Swords in the mid-1990s.

Daly was elected as a Councillor on Fingal County Council for the Swords area in 1999. She was re-elected at 2004 local elections and 2009 local elections, topping the poll on each occasion.

Dáil Éireann[edit]

She first contested the 1997 general election, receiving 7.2% on that occasion and 8.2% at the by-election later in the year. At the 2002 general election she received 5,501 votes (12.5%), narrowly missing a seat. At the 2007 general election, she received 9% of the vote.

Daly was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 general election taking 15.2% of the first preference vote.[7][8] She committed to facilitating the nomination of Senator David Norris for a place on the ballot paper ahead of the Irish presidential election, 2011.[9]

She announced that she would not register to pay a new household charge brought in as part of the latest austerity budget, calling it "reprehensible", and telling Phil Hogan, the minister responsible, in the Dáil: "You can't bring everyone to court".[10][11]

In February 2012, it was reported that she would introduce a bill to provide for limited access to abortion where there is “real and substantial risk to the life” of the pregnant woman, in line with the X Case. The bill was defeated before its second reading on 19 April 2012.[12]

In June 2012, Daly refused to call for the resignation of her friend and political ally, Mick Wallace in the wake of his VAT controversy.[13] It was reported that the ULA were to confront her over this stance.[14]

In July 2012, it was revealed she had used travel expenses for travelling to anti-household charge meetings.[15][16][17]

She resigned from the Socialist Party on 31 August 2012.[3] In a statement, the Socialist Party said "it believed Ms Daly had resigned because she placed more value on her political connection with Independent TD Mick Wallace than on the political positions and work of the Socialist Party."[18] This claim was dismissed by Daly as "absolute nonsense", who stated that she had not called for Wallace's resignation because the Socialist Party had not called for his resignation.[19] She requested a share of the €120,000 Socialist Party's Leaders Allowance to allow her to continue to fund her activities as an Independent TD.[20]

In April 2013, along with Joan Collins, she founded a new political party called United Left.[21]

Daly has accused the government of “prostituting” Ireland to US President Barack Obama and criticised what she described as media and political "slobbering" over First Lady Michelle Obama and her children during their stay in Ireland. She also called President Obama a hypocrite and a war criminal for speaking about peace whilst using drones to bomb foreign civilians and wanting to supply weapons to Syrian rebels, some of which are affiliated with Islamist organisations, including Al-Qaeda. Taoiseach Enda Kenny responded to her comments, saying they were a disgrace to Irish people around the world and to the victims of The Troubles since President Obama has supported peace in Northern Ireland.[22][23][24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet your 76 new TDs". RTÉ News. 9 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ms. Clare Daly". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Clare Daly resigns from the Socialist Party". RTÉ News. 1 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "How firebrand Clare left the Socialists reeling". Sunday Independent. 9 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jail sentences for Joe Higgins and Clare Daly". Breakingnews.ie. 19 September 2003. 
  6. ^ Managh, Ray (18 September 2003). "TD and councillor risk jail in bin tax protest". Irish Independent. 
  7. ^ "Clare Daly". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  8. ^ Minihan, Mary (28 February 2011). "Higgins pledges to build new party of left as five elected under ULA banner". The Irish Times. 
  9. ^ Nihill, Cían (19 September 2011). "Boost for Norris as left-wing TDs to support nomination". The Irish Times. 
  10. ^ "Higgins urges public to boycott ‘unjust’ €100 Household Charge". The Journal. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  11. ^ O'Halloran, Marie; O'Regan, Michael (14 December 2011). "Kenny defends household charge". The Irish Times. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Abortion legislation to be tabled". Irish Times. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  13. ^ Irish Independent, 16 June 2012, Weekend Review, Page 3
  14. ^ O'Connor, N. (26 June 2012). "Wallace no longer on speaking terms with his former pals in the technical group". The Herald. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Legal advice sought on TD expenses claims". RTÉ News. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  16. ^ McEnroe, J. (4 July 2012). "Dáil seeks legal advice on TD expenses claims". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  17. ^ Brennan, M. (4 July 2012). "Expenses not for TD's to travel to protests - Leinster House". Irish Independent. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  18. ^ Carr, A. (1 September 2012). "Daly resigns from Socialist Party". The Irish Times. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "Clare Daly denies exit from Socialist Party linked to Mick Wallace". RTÉ News. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  20. ^ O'Brien, T. (3 September 2012). "Daly departure to hit allowances". The Irish Times. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  21. ^ O'Connell, Hugh (25 April 2013). "Two TDs setting up new United Left political party". TheJournal.ie. Distilled Media. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  22. ^ Kelly, F. (19 June 2013). "‘Ireland prostituted to Obamas’ rages Clare Daly". Irish Independent. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  23. ^ Siddiqui, S. (21 June 2013). "Clare Daly, Irish Politician, Slams Obama As 'War Criminal' In Parliament". Huffington Post. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  24. ^ Daly, C.; Kenny, E. (19 June 2013). Leaders Questions on the G8 and the visit of the Obamas to Ireland. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 

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Teachta Dála for Dublin North
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