|Member of the European Parliament|
21 April 2011
|Preceded by||Alan Kelly|
July 2007 – April 2011
20 September 1959 |
County Kilkenny, Ireland
|Political party||Workers and Unemployed Action Group (1999–2005)
Labour Party (2005–)
|Profession||Former Nurse, Midwife|
Phil Prendergast (née Foley; born 20 September 1959) is an Irish Labour Party politician. She is an S&D Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the South constituency. She was a member of Seanad Éireann on the Labour Panel from 2007 to 2011.
Early and private life
Phil Foley was born in County Kilkenny. She was a midwife at South Tipperary General Hospital for more than 20 years, having trained in Waterford Regional Hospital. She is married to Ray Prendergast, a psychiatric nurse, and has two children.
She is a former local branch officer with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. She served on its Executive Board in 1994.
She first contested a general election in June 2001 when she contested the by-election on behalf of the WUAG, following the death of Theresa Ahearn. She polled 7898 first preference votes. She subsequently left the WUAG in June 2005 to join the Labour Party and ran in the 2007 Dáil election. She was not elected at the 2007 general election in the Tipperary South constituency, but was subsequently elected to the Seanad.
She caused some controversy within the local Labour Party branch when she tried to nominate a family member to replace her on the Council.
She was previously Labour Party spokesperson on the Older Person and Seanad spokesperson on Health; Art and Sports; and Social and Family Affairs. She unsuccessfully contested the 2011 general election for Tipperary South, receiving almost 11.0% of the first preference votes.
In April 2011, she was selected as the replacement for MEP Alan Kelly who was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 election for Tipperary North. She sits on the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and on the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. Since becoming a Member of the European Parliament she has spoken 127 times in plenary session and has amended 32 reports.
She was involved in a controversy with the Labour Party leadership when she became the first member of the parliamentary party to call for the resignation of Health Minister James Reilly following the announcement of the location of primary care health centres in the minister's own constituency.
- "Ms. Phil Prendergast". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
- "Phil Prendergast". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- The appointment was on a temporary basis until a selection convention could take place. "Labour row as senator appoints husband to fill seats". Irish Examiner. 6 September 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- "Statutory Declaration". Iris Oifigiúil. 15 April 2011.
- "Phil prepares for Euro role". The Nationalist. 30 March 2011.
- "Phil Prendergast". European Parliament. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
|Member of the European Parliament for South