Tom Leonard (Irish politician)

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Tom Leonard (on the podium, left) Christmas 1949, auctioning holly wreaths in the Dublin Fruit and Vegetable Markets.

Thomas "Tom" Leonard (30 May 1924 – 5 March 2004) was Irish Fianna Fáil politician.[1]

Tom Leonard was born in Dublin, and worked much of his life in a family business in the Dublin Corporation Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Markets. The business had been started two generations earlier by his grandmother, continued by his father and ultimately passed to Leonard and his two brothers. While in business, Leonard was also a Dublin City Councillor.

He was elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Cabra constituency at the 1977 general election.[2]

At the end of his first term in office, Leonard's Cabra based constituency was redrawn becoming part of the new Dublin Central constituency. He lost his seat at the 1981 general election, and was an unsuccessful candidate at the February 1982 and November 1982 general elections.[2] Leonard did not serve again until November 1983 when he won a by-election for Dublin Central following the death of George Colley.

During this tenure, he was appointed by the party leader and former Taoiseach Charles Haughey to the New Ireland Forum.

Leonard did not contest the 1987 general election as Fianna Fáil dispensed with his candidacy from the party ticket in favour of John Stafford and Dermot Fitzpatrick. Despite the fact that it was highly unusual for a sitting TD not to be permitted to defend his seat and faced with considerable negative press on the matter, Leonard graciously accepted the party decision which ended his Dáil career and went back to being a city councillor.[3]

He continued in the markets until his retirement, and died in Blanchardstown, Dublin in 2004.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Thomas Leonard". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Thomas Leonard". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tom Leonard". Irish Independent. 14 March 2004. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
Oireachtas
New constituency Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Dublin Cabra
1977–1981
Succeeded by
Redrawn constituency
Preceded by
George Colley
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Dublin Central
1983–1987
Succeeded by
Dermot Fitzpatrick