Brian O'Shea (politician)
June 1989 – February 2011
April 1987 – June 1989
|Constituency||Industrial and Commercial Panel|
9 December 1944 |
|Political party||Labour Party|
|Alma mater||St Patrick's College, Dublin|
O'Shea was born in Waterford and educated at Mount Sion CBS, Waterford and St Patrick's College, Dublin. He worked as a teacher before entering politics. He was elected to Tramore Town Council in 1979, and in 1985 was elected to Waterford City Council and Waterford County Council. He served on these local authorities until 1993.
He first stood for election to Dáil Éireann at the February 1982 general election but was unsuccessful. He stood again at the November 1982 and 1987 general elections but was not elected on either occasion. O'Shea was elected to Seanad Éireann in 1987 on the Industrial and Commercial Panel. Two years later, at the 1989 general election he was first elected to Dáil Éireann for the Waterford constituency.
In 1993 O'Shea became Minister of State for Food and Horticulture. In 1994 he was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Health (with special responsibility for Mental Handicap, Public Health and Food Safety). He was party spokesperson for Defence (1997–98); Education; Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands; Communications and Sport (1998–2002); Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (2002–07); and Defence and the Irish language (2007–11).
|Labour Party Teachta Dála for Waterford
|Minister of State for Food and Horticulture
|Minister of State for Mental Handicap, Public Health and Food Safety