Róisín Shortall

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Róisín Shortall
TD
Minister of State for Primary Care
In office
10 March 2011 – 26 September 2012
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Alex White
Teachta Dála
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 1992
Constituency Dublin North–West
Personal details
Born (1954-04-25) 25 April 1954 (age 60)
Nationality Irish
Political party Independent (since 2012),
Labour Party
Alma mater University College Dublin,
St Mary's College of Education, Dublin
Website www.roisinshortall.ie

Róisín Shortall (born 25 April 1954) is an Irish politician. She sits as an independent Teachta Dála (TD) after she resigned from the Parliamentary Labour Party in September 2012. She has been a TD for the Dublin North–West constituency since November 1992,[1] and was the Minister of State for Primary Care from 2011 to 2012.

Early life[edit]

Shortall was born and raised in Drumcondra, Dublin. She was educated at Dominican College, Eccles Street; University College Dublin, and St Mary's College of Education, Marino. She worked as a teacher for the deaf before seeking public office. She first held public office in 1991 when she was elected to Dublin City Council for the Drumcondra local electoral area.

Dáil Éireann[edit]

Shortall was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1992 general election, when the Labour Party won a record 33 seats. She retained her seat at the 1997, 2002, 2007 and the 2011 general elections.[2] She is a former party spokesperson for Social and Family Affairs.

On 10 March 2011, she was appointed as Minister of State for Primary Care.

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin tabled a motion of no confidence in her senior minister James Reilly on 3 September 2012 after yet more cuts in the health service.[3] Shortall addressed the Dáil during this motion and did not indicate her support for him or mention his name once,[4] though she did vote against the motion. She resigned as Minister of State for Primary Care on 26 September 2012, and also resigned the Parliamentary Labour Party whip.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ms. Róisín Shortall". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Róisín Shortall". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin table no-confidence motion in Health Minister James Reilly". RTÉ News. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Shortall delivers speech on motion of confidence". Irish Examiner. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Roisin Shortall resigns as junior health minister". RTÉ News. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
Michael Barrett
(Fianna Fáil)
Labour Party Teachta Dála for Dublin North–West
1992–present
Incumbent
Political offices
New office Minister of State for Primary Care
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Alex White