|Member of the European Parliament|
June 2004 – June 2009
June 1999 – June 2004
November 1982 – June 1989
November 1992 – June 1997
October 1989 – December 1992
September 1997 – June 2002
18 April 1949|
|Political party||Fine Gael|
|Alma mater||University College, Dublin (UCD)|
Avril Belton was born in Dublin; she was educated at Holy Child Killiney Secondary School, County Dublin. She went on to study at University College, Dublin (UCD). Her father Richard Belton was a Senator and her grandfather Patrick Belton was a Teachta Dála (TD).
In 1974, aged 25, she was elected to Wexford County Council and to Wexford Corporation; she was Mayor of Wexford town from 1975 to 1976. She was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the November 1982 general election as a Fine Gael TD for the Wexford constituency. She lost her seat at the 1989 general election but was re-elected at the 1992 general election, again losing her seat at the 1997 general election to party colleague Michael D'Arcy. She was a member of the Seanad from 1989 to 1992 and from 1997 to 2002. She was elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) at the 1999 election and re-elected at the 2004 election. She served as a Minister of State in the Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition governments of 1982–87 and 1994–97.
Doyle made news during a debate in the European Parliament in June 2008 after the rejection of the Treaty of Lisbon by Irish voters. A group of British Eurosceptic MEPs wore green hats and T-shirts, encouraging the EU to respect the Irish 'no' vote. However, many Irish MEPs saw this as self-serving and felt that there would be no Eurosceptic support for Irish opinion had the treaty been accepted; and Doyle was both lauded and criticised for the following comment, which is a reference to the forceful occupation of Ireland by Britain; "How the history books could have been written differently, if respect for the Irish vote from some of our British colleagues was always there."
- "Mrs. Avril Doyle". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
- Kenny, Shane and Keane, Fergal, Irish Politics Now: 'This Week' Guide to the 25th Dáil, Dingle, Co. Kerry: Brandon/RTÉ, 1987, page 221
- "Avril Doyle". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
- Avril Doyle's comments in European Parliament[permanent dead link]. RTÉ News. June 2008.
- "Avril Doyle declines to contest European election". The Irish Times. 7 January 2007.
- "Higgins wins Labour presidential nomination". RTÉ News. 19 October 2011.
- "Doyle withdraws from FG Presidential race". RTÉ News. 19 October 2011.
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