Royston Brady

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Royston Mathew Brady (born 24 August 1972) is an Irish businessman and former politician who served as Lord Mayor of Dublin between 2003–2004.

Background and early life[edit]

Brady was born in Holles Street hospital on Dublin's southside and brought up in Artane, he was one of nine children of Richard Brady from Dublin inner city and Doreen Lynch from Clanbrassil Street. Richard Brady was a taxi-driver, showband singer and furniture dealer.[1]

He attended the Billie Barry stage school[2] and appeared as an extra in the film Excalibur in 1981, he was also an under age footballer with St. Vincents GAA Club.

He was educated by the Christian Brothers in St. Josephs in Fairview and later studied in Athlone RTC, Louvain in Belgium and Boston College USA.[3]

Family and personal life[edit]

Brady married Michelle McConalogue from Carndonagh, County Donegal in December 2003 [4] they currently live in the United States with their children.[5]

His father won an All Ireland minor medal with Dublin in 1954.[6]

Business life[edit]

Having trained as a hotelier in the US and Ireland Brady became general manager of the Royal Marine Hotel in Dún Laoghaire in June 1997. He has served on a number of boards including Dublin Port, Dublin Tourism and Dublin Enterprise Board.[7] From 2000 to 2003 he worked as a consultant for training agency CERT. In 2005 he set up Alpha Recruitment, a recruitment and Consultancy Company specialising in the hotel and tourism sectors. Having built up the business it was sold for an undisclosed sum to Stepone Recruitment in 2008.[8] Brady left his job as General Manager at Roganstown Hotel Country Club in Swords, Co Dublin after highlighting “illegal” bar licensing practices. [1] Mr.Brady subsequently projected managed the opening of Parnell's GAA Club, in Coolock, north Dublin a multimillion pound development including state of the art playing facilities, clubhouse and gym. [2]

Political career[edit]

Brady was elected to Dublin City Council in June 1999 as a Fianna Fáil candidate.[9] Aged 26, he was the youngest member of the council at the time.[10] In 2000 he served as deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin and in 2003 was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin.

At his inauguration, he declared that he would be a people's mayor, insisting that Dubliners deserved better than a token figurehead.[7] He said he was making the issue of street crime in Dublin one of his top priorities and while in office he was publicly critical of then minister Michael McDowell's efforts against crime and at one point referred to him as a bully giving the two fingers to Dublin.[11][12]

Brady worked to tackle homelessness in Dublin receiving a papal knighthood for his efforts.[13] He also hosted a homeless couple's wedding in the Mansion House to raise awareness of the plight of Dublin's homeless.[14]

A Dublin football supporter, during his time Brady conferred the freedom of the city on Dubs legend Kevin Heffernan.[15]

Brady was a candidate at the 2004 European Parliament election when he was falsely accused of lying about an incident involving his father's taxi being involved in the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Brady was accused by the media of using the incident to obtain the sympathy of the voters.[16] He was later vindicated when the truth of the matter was revealed on 5 - 7 live, the RTÉ Radio programme, on Friday 18 Jun 2004. Dave Mc Hugh, an RTÉ Researcher who had made a Radio Documentary on the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, discovered that Royston Brady's father had been kidnapped on the evening of 16 May 1974.

Possible return to politics[edit]

Having left Fianna Fáil Brady was publicly courted by Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny who is quoted as saying “ He's going to join up, He's a man of energy, drive and commitment.” Brady: "I wouldn't rule anything out," he said, later adding: "I have to say, he's (Kenny) a gentleman. I think I'm probably too much a maverick for Fine Gael."[17]

On the Late Late Show he said politicians “need to get real about the issues” and they are out of touch with what is going on with the normal person but “that you can never say never” about returning to polictics.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Royston Brady: Mayor who swears by his passion for politics - Sunday Times article
  2. ^ “Miss Barry has it off to a tee” Anne Marie Hourihane - Sunday Tribune article[dead link]
  3. ^ Royston Brady: Mayor who swears by his passion for politics - Sunday Times
  4. ^ Royston to start his own Brady bunch - Sunday Independent
  5. ^ Irish Independent "Tribunal hears former mayor Royston Brady ‘wanted to be like Bill Clinton’" September 11th 2012
  6. ^ Dublin GAA Honours[unreliable source?]
  7. ^ a b The Rise and Rise of Royston - Sunday Independent
  8. ^ Step by Step Recruiting
  9. ^ Electionsireland.org
  10. ^ It was a real test for our marriage - Sunday Independent
  11. ^ Why the future's not rosy for citizen Royston - Sunday Independent
  12. ^ Mayor hits out at failure to tackle street crime - Sunday Independent
  13. ^ It's a thin line between church and state - Tribune
  14. ^ Homeless lovers wed in style - Breaking News
  15. ^ Freedom of the city for Heffernan - RTE
  16. ^ Royston Brady in Dublin bombing controversy - Breaking News
  17. ^ A race to Recruit - Sunday Independent
  18. ^ The Late Late Show - RTE
Civic offices
Preceded by
Dermot Lacey
Lord Mayor of Dublin
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Michael Conaghan