Peter Power (politician)

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Peter Power
Peter Power 2009.jpg
Power in 2009
Minister of State
for Overseas Development
In office
May 2008 – March 2011
Preceded by Michael Kitt
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2002 – February 2011
Constituency Limerick East
Personal details
Born (1966-01-26) 26 January 1966 (age 48)
Limerick, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Lorraine Power
Children 4
Alma mater University College Cork

Peter Power (born 26 January 1966) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Limerick East constituency from 2002 to 2011, and served as Minister of State for Overseas Development from 2008 to 2011.[1]

Early and private life[edit]

Power was born in Limerick, but moved to Dublin after losing his seat at the 2011 general election. He was educated at JFK Memorial School, Ardscoil Rís and University College Cork (UCC). Previous to his election as a TD he worked as a solicitor at Holmes O'Malley Sexton in Limerick.

Political career[edit]

Power first contested national elections at the 1997 general election but was unsuccessful on this attempt.

He contested the 1999 local elections in the No. 1 electoral area of Limerick City Council and was the only Fianna Fáil candidate across all four areas to top the poll and become a Limerick City Councillor. Michael Ryan was co-opted in his place in 2003 due to the abolition of the dual mandate.

He was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2002 general election as a Fianna Fáil TD. He was re-elected at the 2007 general election.[2]

He chaired the Joint Oireachtas Child Protection Committee established by the Oireachtas following the fall-out surrounding the May 2006 Supreme Court judgement in the CC Case. The Committee was convened in July 2006 and made its report in November of the same year. Power also served as a member of the Justice and Transportation committees.

In May 2008, he was appointed as Minister of State for Overseas Development and re-appointed by Taoiseach Brian Cowen on 22 April 2009 following the reduction in the number of Minister of State from 20 to 15 in which seven serving ministers were not re-appointed.

He lost his seat at the 2011 general election.[2]

In December 2011 Power was appointed executive director of UNICEF Ireland.[3] UNICEF will not reveal how much he is paid, which is at odds with internationally accepted best practice for the information charities should disclose about their spending.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Peter Power". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Peter Power". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Former FF minister gets UNICEF rol". RTÉ News. 2 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "State-backed charities refuse to reveal chief executive pay". Irish Independent. 2 June 2012. 
Oireachtas
Preceded by
Eddie Wade
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Limerick East
2002–2011
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Kitt
Minister of State for Overseas Development
2008–2011
Succeeded by
Office abolished