Seán Power (politician)

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Seán Power
Teachta Dála
In office
May 1997 – February 2011
Constituency Kildare South
In office
June 1989 – May 1997
Constituency Kildare
Personal details
Born (1960-10-14) 14 October 1960 (age 54)
County Kildare, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil

Seán Power (born 14 October 1960) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Kildare South constituency.[1]

Power was born in Caragh, near Naas in County Kildare and was educated locally at the Christian Brothers School in Naas. His father Paddy Power was a TD, MEP and cabinet minister. His brother, J. J. Power is a former Green Party member of Kildare County Council.

He was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1989 general election, as a Fianna Fáil TD for the Kildare constituency, retaining his father's seat. He was re-elected at 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007 general elections.[2] He was a member of Kildare County Council from 1999 to 2004

In 1991 Power was a key member of the so-called "gang of four" which proposed a motion of no confidence in the Taoiseach, and the leader of his party, Charles Haughey. The other members of the group were Noel Dempsey, Liam Fitzgerald and M. J. Nolan. That incident led to Albert Reynolds's first bid for the leadership and to Haughey's eventual resignation in 1992. When Reynolds eventually became Taoiseach, Power was appointed Assistant Chief Whip.

He served as a member of the Joint Committees on European Affairs and on the Environment and Local Government. In Bertie Ahern's Cabinet reshuffle of 2004, Power received the post of Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children with special responsibility for Health Promotion. After the 2007 general election he was appointed as Minister of State for Equality at the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

On 13 May 2008, shortly after Brian Cowen became Taoiseach, he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources with special responsibility for Information Society and Natural Resources. He served in this position until April 2009 when he was dropped in a reshuffle where the number of junior ministers was reduced from 20 to 15.

He lost his seat at the 2011 general election.[2] He was elected to Kildare County Council for the Kildare-Newbridge area in May 2014.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Seán Power". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Seán Power". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
Oireachtas
Preceded by
Paddy Power
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Kildare
1989–1997
Constituency abolished
New constituency Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Kildare South
1997–2011
Succeeded by
Martin Heydon
(Fine Gael)
Political offices
New office Minister of State for Health Promotion
2004–2007
Succeeded by
Pat the Cope Gallagher
Preceded by
Frank Fahey
Minister of State for Equality
2007–2008
Succeeded by
John Moloney
New office Minister of State for Information Society and Natural Resources
2008–2009
Office abolished