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February 1987 – June 1997
|Minister of State
Department of Transport, Energy and Communications
|Minister of State
Housing and Urban Renewal
1 October 1944 |
County Mayo, Ireland
|Political party||Labour Party|
|Alma mater||Kevin Street College of Technology, Dublin|
Stagg was born at Hollymount, County Mayo and educated at Ballinrobe CBS school and Kevin Street College of Technology. Stagg worked as a Medical Technologist at Trinity College, Dublin before entering into full-time politics.
In 1979 he was elected to Kildare County Council for the Celbridge area, serving until 1993. He served again from 1999 until 2003. Stagg was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1987 general election for the Kildare constituency. Since then he has served as party Front Bench spokesperson on a number of areas, including Agriculture (1987–89) and Social Welfare (1989–92).
During the 1980s and early 1990s, Stagg was a prominent figure within the internal politics of the Labour Party, being viewed as one of the leaders of the left-wing faction along with Michael D. Higgins and Joe Higgins within the party opposed to coalition with Fine Gael, and as a prominent opponent of the then party leader Dick Spring. He had opposed the expulsion of Joe Higgins and Militant Tendency at the 1989 conference and in the early 90's he considered leaving the party and joining the newly formed Democratic Left though he ultimately chose to stay with the party. In the Fianna Fáil–Labour Party coalition government formed after the 1992 general election, he became Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Renewal.
In 1995, he was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Energy and Communications in the newly formed Rainbow Coalition Government.
Phoenix Park scandal
In 1994, while Minister of State, Stagg became the subject of a major press scandal after Gardaí found him loitering in an area of Dublin's Phoenix Park used by male prostitutes. Stagg was questioned by the Gardaí but no charges were filed against him. The young man found in Stagg's car during this incident later cohabited with Seán Fortune, a priest accused of abusing minors.
- "Mr. Emmet Stagg". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
- Alan Murdoch (9 March 1994). "Irish minister set to survive scandal". The Independent. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
- "Emmet Stagg". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
- Kevin Myers (26 January 2006). "An Irishman's Diary". The Irish Times. Retrieved 3 January 2008. "the real turning point in Ireland came when government minister Emmet Stagg was not summarily sacked after coming to Garda attention while loitering in an area of the Phoenix Park used by male prostitutes"
- John Downing (25 September 2005). "Labour is taken to book". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 3 January 2008. "the controversy surrounding then-Minister of State, Emmet Stagg, in 1994 when Gardaí apprehended him in dubious circumstances in The Phoenix Park"
- "Veronica Guerin told phone conversations about paedophile priest were taped". Sunday Independent. 6 April 2014.
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