Eric Byrne

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Eric Byrne
TD
Eric Byrne 2010.jpg
Byrne in 2010
Teachta Dála
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 2011
In office
June 1994 – June 1997
In office
June 1989 – November 1992
Constituency Dublin South–Central
Personal details
Born (1947-04-21) 21 April 1947 (age 67)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Labour Party
Other political
affiliations
Workers' Party (1973–92)
Democratic Left (1992–99)
Spouse(s) Ellen Hazelkorn
Website www.ericbyrne.ie

Eric Byrne (born 21 April 1947) is an Irish Labour Party politician and is a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South–Central constituency.[1] He was formerly a member of Official Sinn Féin, the Workers' Party and Democratic Left.

Born in Dublin, he was educated at Synge Street CBS school and the Bolton Street College of Technology. A carpenter before entering politics, Byrne stood unsuccessfully for election to Dáil Éireann as a Workers' Party candidate for Dublin Rathmines West at the 1977 general election and Dublin South–Central at the 1981, February 1982, November 1982 and 1987 general elections.

He was elected in 1985 as a Workers' Party member of Dublin City Council for Crumlin/Kimmage area, and was re-elected at subsequent local elections until 2011, where he was forced to resign his seat due to dual mandate. He was finally elected at the 1989 general election. He joined with Workers' Party members who formed Democratic Left in 1992. He unexpectedly lost his seat at the 1992 general election; Labour's Pat Upton was unexpectedly returned on the first count, with Byrne finally losing the last seat to Fianna Fáil's Ben Briscoe by five votes after a marathon 10-day count.[2]

He was elected to the 27th Dáil at a by-election on 9 June 1994 following the resignation of long-serving Fianna Fáil TD John O'Connell (who had previously been a Labour TD for the same constituency). Byrne was a backbench supporter of the 'Rainbow' government led by Fine Gael's John Bruton.

Byrne lost his seat again at the 1997 general election. Although the Labour Party and the Democratic Left merged in 1999, he was not selected to contest the Dublin South–Central by-election which followed Pat Upton's death later that year. Upton's sister Mary was elected for the Labour Party.

Byrne contested the 2002 general election on the Labour Party ticket as Mary Upton's running-mate, but was unsuccessful. Along with Mary Upton, he contested the Dublin South–Central constituency at the 2007 general election advocating a Labour Party/Fine Gael government but missed the final seat by 69 votes. Byrne was nominated by the Labour Party to contest the Seanad election in the Labour panel but was not elected. In 2009, he was re-elected to Dublin City Council. At the 2011 general election he was re-elected to the Dáil, after 14 years.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr Eric Byrne". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Eric Byrne". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
Mary Mooney
(Fianna Fáil)
Workers' Party Teachta Dála for Dublin South–Central
1989–1992
Succeeded by
Constituency reduced by one seat
Preceded by
John O'Connell
(Fianna Fáil)
Democratic Left Teachta Dála for Dublin South–Central
1994–1997
Succeeded by
Seán Ardagh
(Fianna Fáil)
Preceded by
Seán Ardagh
(Fianna Fáil)
Labour Party Teachta Dála for Dublin South–Central
2011–present
Incumbent