John Halligan (politician)

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John Halligan
TD
Teachta Dála
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 2011
Constituency Waterford
Waterford City Councillor
In office
1999–2011
Personal details
Nationality Irish
Political party Independent
Other political
affiliations
Workers' Party (1985–2008)

John Halligan is an Irish independent politician.[1] He was elected as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Waterford constituency at the 2011 general election. He was first elected to the Waterford City Council in 1999 for the Workers' Party of Ireland.

At the 2004 local elections he topped the poll in Waterford No. 3 electoral area. In February 2008 he resigned from the Workers' Party when the party refused to drop its opposition to service charges, which Halligan supported.[2] In 2009, as an independent candidate, Halligan again topped the poll in his area.[3] After the 2009 elections, Halligan entered into a pact with the Labour Party and Fine Gael on Waterford City Council and was duly elected Mayor of Waterford city serving from 2009 to 2010. He was an unsuccessful Workers' Party candidate for the Waterford constituency at the 2002 and 2007 general elections.[3]

He was elected as TD for Waterford at the 2011 general election receiving 5,546 first preference votes (10.3%) and was elected on the 11th count.[3]

Following his election to the Dáil in February 2011, Sean Reinhardt was co-opted to replace Halligan on Waterford City Council.[4]

In March 2011 Halligan joined the Dáil Technical group which gives independents and minor parties more speaking time in Dáil debates.[5]

On 15 December 2011, he helped launch a nationwide campaign against a proposed household charge being brought in as part of the 2012 Irish budget.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. John Halligan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Workers' Party asks Halligan for his seat". Munster Express. 22 February 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "John Halligan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Reinhardt takes City Council seat". Munster Express. 15 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "TDs agree to form technical group". The Irish Times. 9 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "TDs would go to jail over household charge". RTÉ News. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
Oireachtas
Preceded by
Brendan Kenneally
(Fianna Fáil)
Independent Teachta Dála for Waterford
2011–present
Incumbent
Civic offices
Preceded by
Jack Walsh
Mayor of Waterford
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Mary Roche
Party political offices
Preceded by
Martin O'Regan?
Vice President of the Workers' Party of Ireland
2001?–2008
Succeeded by
Post vacant?