February 2010 – April 2011
|Constituency||Nominated by the Taoiseach|
19 March 1963 |
County Louth, Ireland
|Political party||Green Party|
Mark Dearey (born 19 March 1963) is an Irish Green Party politician. He is a former member of Seanad Éireann who was nominated by the Taoiseach on 23 February 2010 following the resignation of Déirdre de Búrca.
Dearey started off as a member of Louth County Council and a member of Dundalk Town Council for the Green Party. He was elected to the Town Council in 2004 and re-elected in 2009 and also elected to the County Council for the first time.
He first came to public attention in County Louth in 1994 when he and three others from the county took a court action against British Nuclear Fuels Limited, to seek an end to reprocessing at Sellafield. That court action is still ongoing and the Stop Thorp Alliance Dundalk group have continued to highlight the dangers of reprocessing nuclear fuel, the alternatives to reprocessing, and the lack of urgency of Government to make Ireland's case.
In the early 1990s he worked as a secondary schoolteacher in Coláiste Éanna in Dublin before embarking on a career in organic horticulture where he worked for nine years. He then acquired the music venue and bar, The Spirit Store in Dundalk which he still owns and manages.
He is a Director of Turas, the addiction counselling service. He is a founding member of the Newry Dundalk Farmers Market, Chairman of the St. Patrick's Day Committee, and is also a member of the Board of Friends of the Earth, Ireland.
He was the Green Party candidate at the 2011 general election in the Louth constituency and received 4.7% of first preference votes but was not elected. Dearey did not contest the 2011 Seanad election. In 2012, he was selected as the Green Party's non-parliamentary spokesperson for Finance.
He ran unsuccessfully as the Green Party candidate in the Midlands–North-West constituency for the 2014 European Parliament election. He was elected to Louth County Council for the Dundalk-Carlingford area at the 2014 local elections.
- "Mr. Mark Dearey". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
- "Mark Dearey". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
- "Irish courts will hear nuclear closure plea", The Times, 28 October 1996, p8.
- "We're all so angry..we are on a knife-edge here about Sellafield", Daily Mirror, 5 October 2001, p19.