G. V. Wright

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G. V. Wright
Leader of the Seanad
In office
February 1992 – December 1994
Preceded by Seán Fallon
Succeeded by Maurice Manning
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1997 – May 2007
In office
February 1987 – June 1989
Constituency Dublin North
Seanad Éireann
In office
October 1989 – June 1997
In office
May 1982 – December 1982
Constituency Nominated by the Taoiseach
Personal details
Born (1947-08-03) 3 August 1947 (age 66)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil

Thomas Wright, usually referred to by the nickname G.V., (born 3 August 1947) is an Irish former Fianna Fáil politician. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin North constituency.[1]

Wright was born in Dublin in 1947. He was educated at Chanel College, Coolock in Dublin before becoming a food retailer. In his youth Wright was a Gaelic footballer with Dublin and was an international basketball player and coach. He first held public office in 1982, when he was nominated by the Taoiseach to Seanad Éireann. He remained there until 1983; however, he also entered local politics in 1985 as a member of Dublin County Council. He remained there until 2004 and is among those named by lobbyist Frank Dunlop at the investigating Mahon Tribunal as receiving donations from property developers.

Wright was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1987 general election. He lost his seat at the 1989 general election but was again nominated to the Seanad where he served as Leader of Seanad Éireann (1991–1994) and Leader of Fianna Fáil in Seanad Éireann (1994–1997). During this time Wright failed again to obtain re-election to the Dáil. He finally succeeded at the 1997 general election and held his seat in another election in 2002.[2]

In September 2003, as Wright drove home from Leinster House, his car collided with a female pedestrian at North Strand in Dublin causing multiple fractures to her leg. Tests confirmed that Wright's blood alcohol content was above the legal limit. As a result he was fined and banned from driving for two years.

He retired from politics at the 2007 general election.[3]

In March 2012, the final report of the Mahon Tribunal found that Wright received a £5,000 "corrupt" payment from Christopher Jones in November 1992 in relation to the Ballycullen/Beechill rezoning projects.[4] On 27 March 2012, Wright resigned from Fianna Fáil before he could be expelled.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. G. V. Wright". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "G. V. Wright". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Fianna Fáil TD Wright to stand down". RTÉ News. 16 January 2006. 
  4. ^ "In brief: The 16 key findings in the Mahon Tribunal Report". Irish Independent. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Micheál Martin accepts Mahon findings against FF members". RTÉ News. 27 March 2012. 
Oireachtas
Preceded by
Nora Owen
(Fine Gael)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Dublin North
1987–1989
Succeeded by
Seán Ryan
(Labour Party)
Preceded by
Seán Ryan
(Labour Party)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Dublin North
1997–2007
Succeeded by
Darragh O'Brien
(Fianna Fáil)