Barry Andrews (politician)

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Barry Andrews
Minister of State for Children
In office
7 May 2008 – 9 March 2011
Taoiseach Brian Cowen
Preceded by Brendan Smith
Succeeded by Office abolished
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2002 – February 2011
Constituency Dún Laoghaire
Personal details
Born (1967-05-16) 16 May 1967 (age 50)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Alma mater University College Dublin

Barry Andrews (born 16 May 1967) was the chief executive of GOAL, an international aid organisation, since November 2012.[1][2]

He is a former Fianna Fáil politician. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dún Laoghaire constituency from 2002 to 2011,[3] and served as the Minister of State for Children from May 2008 to March 2011.

Early and Personal Life[edit]

He was born in Dublin and was educated at Blackrock College and University College Dublin, where he received a master's degree in Modern History. He worked as a secondary school teacher from 1991 until 1997. While still a teacher, he studied law at King's Inns and qualified as a barrister in 1997. His brother David McSavage is a comedian and his first cousin is Irish television and radio presenter Ryan Tubridy.

Political career[edit]

Andrews was first elected to public office in June 1999, when he was elected to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. He was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2002 general election. Andrews comes from a family with strong political connections. His grandfather, Todd Andrews fought in the War of Independence and became a founder-member of Fianna Fáil, while his grandmother, Mary Coyle, was a member of Cumann na mBan.

Andrews's father, David Andrews served as a TD from 1965 to 2002 and is a former Foreign Minister, while his uncle, Niall Andrews, was a former Fianna Fáil TD and MEP and his cousin Chris Andrews (son of Niall Andrews), is a former TD.

In June 2006, Andrews led a group of Fianna Fáil backbenchers in an unsuccessful attempt to establish a backbench committee to influence Government Policy. At the 2007 general election, Andrews retained his seat in Dún Laoghaire with 8,587 votes.[4]

Andrews was appointed as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in May 2008. As Minister, he framed the Government response to the Ryan Report on Institutional Abuse. This included an Implementation Plan that delivered an additional 200 social workers for the HSE Child and Family Services.[5] In April 2009, Andrews introduced the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme,[6] which provided, for the first time, free universal access to pre-school education. The scheme continues to benefit 65,000 children annually.[7]

After the release of the Murphy Report into child abuse in the Dublin diocese in November 2009. Minister Andrews, speaking at a conference in Dublin Castle, said it would be "amazing" if there were no consequences for people who were the subject of adverse findings in the report. Asked about the position of Bishop of Limerick Donal Murray, the Minister said:

I think it's everybody's view that if adverse findings are made against an individual in a commission of inquiry then it would be amazing that there be no consequences for them.[8]
Clearly pressure had been exerted from within the church on Bishop Murray, it would appear, and those consequences may come to pass.

He said he was also disappointed at the absence of a response from Rome.[8]

He also introduced the Adoption Act 2010, which brought Ireland into compliance with the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption, providing new safeguards and standards.[citation needed]

On 31 January 2011, in the run up to the general election, Andrews was named Health spokesman by party leader, Micheál Martin[9]

He lost his seat at the 2011 general election.[4] For his eight years' service as a TD, Andrews is entitled to a lump sum of €110,312, a partial TD's pension between the ages of 45 and 49 (which he has not claimed), and beginning at age 50 a full pension of approximately €16,000 per year. He is entitled to a Ministerial pension of approximately €9,000 from the age of 65.[10]

After Politics[edit]

In May 2011, he returned to practising law at the Law Library, working mostly in areas of child law. In September 2012, he was appointed Director of Elections for Fianna Fáil for the Children's referendum.[11]

On 8 November 2012, Andrews was appointed chief executive of aid charity GOAL, replacing John O'Shea.[12] Andrews recently gave a TED talk titled, "Why No One Cares About Syria" in which he spoke about the alarming humanitarian situation in Syria and the international community's lackluster effort to address the problem.[13] Andrews has traveled with GOAL to visit communities the organization assists. Andrews is also maintaining the strong connection to the Irish sports community that John O'Shea established when the organization was founded in 1977.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "GOAL appoints Barry Andrews as Chief Executive Officer". Goal. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Goal appoints new chief executive". The Irish Times. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mr. Barry Andrews". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 24 July 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Barry Andrews". Retrieved 24 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Launch of Implementation Plan in response to the Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse 2009". Department of Children and Youth Affairs. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "New Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme". Children's Rights Alliance. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Statement by Minister Andrews on the free Pre-School Year in Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme". Department of Children and Youth Affairs. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "McAleese praises Garda chief's swift, honest apology". The Irish Times. 12 December 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "New Fianna Fáil front bench is named". BBC News. 31 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Outgoing TDs pensions" (PDF). The Irish Times. 5 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "FF to hold public meeting on Children's Referendum in Monaghan". Fianna Fáil. Retrieved 9 February 2013. [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Former junior minister Barry Andrews appointed CEO of Goal". The Journal. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-10. 
Preceded by
David Andrews
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Dún Laoghaire
Succeeded by
Mary Mitchell O'Connor
(Fine Gael)
Political offices
Preceded by
Brendan Smith
Minister of State for Children
Succeeded by
Office abolished