Anne Colley

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Anne Colley
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1987 – June 1989
Constituency Dublin South
Personal details
Born Anne Theresa Colley
(1951-07-14) 14 July 1951 (age 66)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Independent
Other political
Progressive Democrats
Alma mater University College Dublin

Anne Theresa Colley (born 14 July 1951) is a former Irish politician who served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South constituency from 1987 to 1989.[1]


Anne Colley was born in Dublin in 1951. She studied law at University College Dublin (UCD) and qualified as a solicitor. Her father George Colley, who was a senior Fianna Fáil politician, was closely aligned with Progressive Democrats (PD) founder Desmond O'Malley, in the anti-Charles Haughey wing of the party. Her grandfather Harry Colley, was also a TD.


She first entered national politics as one of 14 Progressive Democrat TDs elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1987 general election, the first election after the party was founded. She was elected for the Dublin South constituency.[2] The party proved popular, surpassing the Labour Party, to become the third-biggest party in the Dáil.

Colley was appointed party Spokesperson on Institutional Reform, Labour and the Public Service. In 1988, she became Spokesperson on Justice. She lost her seat at the 1989 general election and retired from politics.

Colley Report[edit]

In 2006, she was appointed by then Minister for Justice Michael McDowell, to chair a working group on Civil unions in Ireland.[3][4] Officially called the Options Paper on Cohabiting Couples, (2006) (Dept of Justice, Equality and Law Reform), the paper became known as the Colley Report.[5]


  1. ^ "Ms. Anne Colley". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Anne Colley". Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Domestic Partnership Options Paper Published". Department of Justice and Equality. 28 November 2006. 
  4. ^ "McDowell will back same sex law change". RTÉ News. 12 May 2006. Archived from the original on 5 May 2007. 
  5. ^ "Gay 'marriages' soon to be legal". Irish Independent. 1 November 2007.