Pat Carey

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Pat Carey
Pat Carey 2011.jpg
Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs
In office
23 March 2010 – 9 March 2011
Preceded by Éamon Ó Cuív
Succeeded by Department abolished
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
In office
23 January 2011 – 9 March 2011
Preceded by Eamon Ryan
Succeeded by Pat Rabbitte
Minister for Transport
In office
20 January 2011 – 9 March 2011
Preceded by Noel Dempsey
Succeeded by Leo Varadkar (Transport, Tourism and Sport)
Government Chief Whip
In office
7 May 2008 – 23 March 2010
Preceded by Tom Kitt
Succeeded by John Curran
Minister of State for Drugs Strategy and Community Affairs
In office
20 June 2007 – 7 May 2008
Preceded by Noel Ahern
Succeeded by John Curran
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1997 – February 2011
Constituency Dublin North–West
Personal details
Born (1947-11-09) 9 November 1947 (age 66)
Castlemaine, County Kerry
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Alma mater St Patrick's College, Dublin
University College Dublin
Trinity College, Dublin

Pat Carey (born 9 November 1947) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin North–West constituency from 1997 to 2011.[1] He served as the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs from 2010 to 2011, and also as Government Chief Whip from 2008 to 2010.

Early and private life[edit]

Carey was born in Castlemaine, County Kerry in 1947. He was educated at Presentation Brothers College, Milltown, County Kerry and went to St. Patrick's College in Drumcondra, Dublin to complete his teacher training. He subsequently studied at University College Dublin and Trinity College, Dublin where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a H.Dip Education respectively. Before entering politics Carey was a national school teacher and a deputy principal.

Political career[edit]

Carey first entered local politics in 1985 when he was elected to Dublin City Council for the Finglas area. He remained on the council until the abolition of the dual mandate in 2003. He was elected as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the constituency of Dublin North–West at the 1997 general election, defeating the sitting Fine Gael TD Mary Flaherty to win a second seat for the Fianna Fáil in the 4-seater constituency. He was re-elected at the 2002 general election.[2] Re-elected at the 2007 general election, he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs with special responsibility for Drugs Strategy and Community Affairs.

In 2008, he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Government Chief Whip) by Brian Cowen. He was also appointed Minister of State with special responsibility for Active Citizenship.

On 23 March 2010, he was appointed as Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs.[3] On 20 January 2011, Carey was also appointed as Minister for Transport, following the resignation of Noel Dempsey.[4] On 23 January 2011, Carey was also appointed as Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, following the resignation of Eamon Ryan.

He lost his seat at the 2011 general election.[2] On 28 March 2011, the Sunday Independent reported that Carey had "appointed another party crony to a key State board on his final day in office".[5]

Carey will receive a lump sum of €165,000 and an annual pension of €45,000.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Pat Carey". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 3 September 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Pat Carey". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 3 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Cowen moves Coughlan to Education in reshuffle". The Irish Times. 23 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Election date set for 11 March". RTÉ News. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Webb, Nick (27 March 2011). "Carey gave plum quango board job to supermarket pal". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Outgoing TDs pensions". The Irish Times. 2011. 
Oireachtas
Preceded by
Mary Flaherty
(Fine Gael)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Dublin North–West
19972011
Succeeded by
John Lyons
(Labour Party)
Political offices
Preceded by
Noel Ahern
Minister of State for Drugs Strategy and Community Affairs
2007–2008
Succeeded by
John Curran
Preceded by
Tom Kitt
Government Chief Whip
2008–2010
Succeeded by
John Curran
Minister of State at the Department of Defence
2008–2010
Preceded by
New office
Minister of State for Active Citizenship
2008–2010
Preceded by
Éamon Ó Cuív
as Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs
2010–2011
Department abolished
Preceded by
Noel Dempsey
Minister for Transport
2011
Succeeded by
Leo Varadkar
as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
Preceded by
Eamon Ryan
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
2011
Succeeded by
Pat Rabbitte