Noel Treacy

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Noel Treacy
Minister of State for European Affairs
In office
29 September 2004 – 20 June 2007
Preceded by Dick Roche
Succeeded by Dick Roche
Minister of State for Food and Horticulture
In office
19 June 2002 – 29 September 2004
Preceded by Éamon Ó Cuív
Succeeded by Brendan Smith
Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
In office
1997–2002
Preceded by Michael Smith
Succeeded by Michael Ahern
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Energy and Communications
In office
1993–1994
Preceded by Liam Aylward
Succeeded by Emmet Stagg
Minister of State at the
Department of Finance
In office
13 February 1992 – 12 January 1993
Preceded by John O'Donoghue
Succeeded by Noel Dempsey
In office
12 March 1987 – 12 July 1989
Preceded by Avril Doyle
Succeeded by Brendan Daly
Minister of State for Children
In office
1989–1991
Preceded by Terry Leyden
Succeeded by Chris Flood
Minister of State for Heritage Affairs
In office
1987–1989
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Office abolished
Teachta Dála
In office
July 1982 – February 2011
Constituency Galway East
Personal details
Born (1951-12-18) 18 December 1951 (age 63)
Ballinasloe, County Galway
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Mary Cloonan
Children 4

Noel Treacy (born 18 December 1951) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway East constituency from 1982 to 2011.[1]

Treacy was born in Ballinasloe, County Galway in 1951. He was educated at Gurteen National School and St. Joseph's College, Garbally Park in Ballinasloe. He worked as an auctioneer and financial services manager before entering public life. He is married to Mary Cloonan and has three daughters and one son.

Treacy was first elected to Dáil Éireann at a by-election in July 1982 caused by the death of Fianna Fáil TD Johnny Callanan and was re-elected at each election until his retirement in 2011.[2] His election marked the last time a government party was successful in winning a by-election until the election of Patrick Nulty of the Labour Party in the Dublin West by-election in 2011. He was a member of Galway County Council from 1985–91.

Over his many years in the Dáil, Treacy has held a number of junior ministerial portfolios. In 1987 Treacy joined the junior ministerial team as Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and the Central Development Committee. The following year he became Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach. It was in this capacity that Treacy became the State's first Minister for Heritage Affairs.

Between 1989 and 1991 he served as Minister of State for Children at the Department of Health, before being appointed Minister of State at the Department of Justice with responsibility for Law Reform. In 1992 Treacy returned to the Department of Finance again before serving at the Departments of the Taoiseach, Finance, Transport, Energy and Communications during the Fianna FáilLabour Party government holding special responsibility for Energy.

Some months after Fianna Fáil's return to power in 1997 Treacy became Minister for Science, Technology and Commerce at the Departments of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and Education and Science replacing Michael Smith who had been promoted to cabinet following the resignation of Ray Burke. Following re-election in 2002 he became Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food, with responsibility for Food and Horticulture.

He contested the 1999 European Parliament election in Connacht–Ulster unsuccessfully.

Following Taoiseach Bertie Ahern's cabinet reshuffle in September 2004, Treacy was appointed Minister of State at the Departments of Foreign Affairs and the Taoiseach, with special responsibility for European Affairs.

Treacy was returned to Dáil Éireann at the 2007 general election. This was his eighth successive time to be elected. However, the manner in which this was achieved is somewhat unique in Irish politics for it was Treacy's seventh time to be elected at a general election without reaching the necessary quota of votes.

However, following 17 years as a Minister of State in various administrations, Treacy was not reappointed to a junior ministerial post by then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. He was subsequently appointed Chairman of Joint Oireachtas Committee on the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.[3]

He retired from politics at the 2011 general election.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Noel Treacy". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Noel Treacy". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Fahey left out of junior ministers line-up". The Irish Times. 6 June 2007. 
  4. ^ Carr, Aoife (25 January 2011). "FF's Noel Treacy to stand down". The Irish Times. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
Oireachtas
Preceded by
Johnny Callanan
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Galway East
1982–2011
Succeeded by
Colm Keaveney
(Labour Party)
Political offices
Preceded by
Avril Doyle
Minister of State at the Department of Finance
1987–1989
Succeeded by
Brendan Daly
Preceded by
New office
Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach
(with special responsibility for Heritage Affairs)

1988–1989
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Preceded by
Terry Leyden
Minister of State at the Department of Health
1989–1991
Succeeded by
Chris Flood
Preceded by
John O'Donoghue
Minister of State at the Department of Finance
1992–1993
Succeeded by
Noel Dempsey
Preceded by
Liam Aylward
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Energy and Communications
1993–1994
Succeeded by
Emmet Stagg
Preceded by
Michael Smith
Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
1997–2002
Succeeded by
Michael Ahern
Preceded by
Éamon Ó Cuív
Minister of State for Food and Horticulture
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Brendan Smith
Preceded by
Dick Roche
Minister of State for European Affairs
2004–2007
Succeeded by
Dick Roche