Paul Bradford

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Paul Bradford
Senator
Incumbent
Assumed office
September 2002
In office
April 1987 – June 1989
Constituency Agricultural Panel
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1989 – May 2002
Constituency Cork East
Personal details
Born (1963-12-01) 1 December 1963 (age 51)
Mallow, County Cork, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Independent (since July 2013),
Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Lucinda Creighton
Children 1
Website paulbradford.ie

Paul Bradford (born 1 December 1963) is an Irish politician and member of Seanad Éireann.[1] He sits as an independent senator, having lost the Fine Gael parliamentary party whip in July 2013.[2]

Early and private life[edit]

Bradford was born in Mourne Abbey near Mallow, County Cork in 1963. He was educated at the Patrician Academy in Mallow. He is married to Fine Gael TD Lucinda Creighton.[3]

Political career[edit]

Bradford became involved in politics at a young age, becoming the youngest-ever member of Cork County Council when he was elected in 1985 at the age of 21. Two years later in 1987 he was elected to the 18th Seanad on the Agricultural Panel, becoming the youngest-ever elected Senator. As a member of Seanad Éireann he was Fine Gael spokesperson on Communications and Energy. At the 1989 general election he was elected to Dáil Éireann for the first time for the Cork East constituency.[4] In 1994 he joined John Bruton's front bench as spokesperson on Defence and the Marine.

In 1994 Fine Gael came to power and Bradford became Co-Chair of the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly. In 1997 the party was back in opposition and he was appointed spokesperson on Health, Food Safety and Older People. In 2000 Bradford became spokesperson on Youth Affairs, School Transport and Adult Education. Under Michael Noonan's leadership he was promoted to party Chief Whip, in which position he served until he lost his seat at the 2002 general election. He was subsequently elected to Seanad Éireann by the Agricultural Panel. He is Fine Gael spokesperson on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in the Seanad.

He was an unsuccessful candidate in Cork East for Dáil Éireann at the 2007 general election but was re-elected to the Seanad. He was again re-elected to the Seanad in 2011. He was the Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Justice until July 2013.

Bradford was expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party on 16 July 2013 when he defied the party whip by voting against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.[2] On 13 September 2013 he and six other expellees formed the Reform Alliance, described as a "loose alliance" rather than a political party.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Paul Bradford". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 4 February 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Seanad passes abortion legislation second stage". RTÉ News. 16 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Creighton ties the knot in low-key ceremony". Irish Independent. 2 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Paul Bradford". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "The politicians formerly known as the Fine Gael rebels are now the Reform Alliance". TheJournal.ie. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
Patrick Hegarty
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Cork East
1989–2002
Succeeded by
Joe Sherlock
(Labour Party)