Chris Andrews (politician)
Andrews in 2014
|Dublin City Councillor|
November 2006 – June 2007
|Constituency||South-East Inner City|
June 1999 – June 2004
May 2007 – February 2011
|Born||25 May 1964|
|Political party||Sinn Féin (since Sep. 2013)|
|Fianna Fáil (until Aug. 2012)|
Chris Andrews (born 25 May 1964) is an Irish Sinn Féin politician. He was previously a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South-East constituency from 2007 to 2011. He was elected to Dublin City Council as a Sinn Féin member in May 2014.
He is the grandson of Todd Andrews, a leading figure in the early days of Fianna Fáil. His father Niall Andrews and his uncle David Andrews both served as Fianna Fáil TDs, while his first cousin, Barry Andrews was elected a TD at the 2002 general election. He is the fourth member of his family to sit in the Dáil. He is a cousin of the comedy writer and performer David McSavage, and another cousin, Ryan Tubridy, is a chatshow host of The Late Late Show on RTÉ One. Andrews is married with two daughters.
In May 2007, Andrews topped the poll in Dublin South-East, on his second attempt, gaining 6,600 first preferences. He was a Councillor on Dublin City Council between 1999 and 2004 and between October 2006 and May 2007.
He lost his seat at the 2011 general election.
Support for Palestine
During the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict he called for an economic, diplomatic and political boycott of Israel, for its ambassador to Ireland to be expelled, and for shops to remove "settler produce" from Israel. He said that Israel had the right to defend itself, but that its disproportionate response meant that "...it can only now be classified as a terror state". He later told a Russian reporter that there was no electricity in Gaza throughout his time there. On 30 May 2010, he was one of three Irish politicians who were prevented from leaving Cyprus by authorities to join an international flotilla carrying aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip.
In March 2011, Andrews set off on another flotilla to Gaza. His shipmates included Sinn Féin's Aengus Ó Snodaigh. In November 2011, Andrews was reported to be on board another ship heading to Gaza on a humanitarian mission.
Resignation from Fianna Fáil
In the aftermath of the 2011 election Fianna Fáil were struggling in the polls having lost many of their seats. In August 2012, Andrews left the Fianna Fáil party. He claims that he was disillusioned with the lack of direction the party was taking after it was revealed he had been using a Twitter account to anonymously attack party leader Micheál Martin and other senior members, including a constituency rival, Councillor Jim O'Callaghan. Andrews claimed that his decision to quit the party was not related to the Twitter account.
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- "Israel a terror state and envoy should be expelled, says FF TD". The Irish Times. 14 January 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
- "Freedom flotilla ready to break through blockade". ArabNews. 30 May 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
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- "Eoghan Harris". Martin must choose either Fine Fail or Flotilla Fail. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- "Irish aid ship bound for Gaza". RTÉ. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
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- "Ex-Fianna Fáil TD Andrews ‘in serious discussions’ to run for Sinn Féin". Irish Independent. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
Eoin Ryan, Jnr
|Teachta Dála for Dublin South-East
With: Lucinda Creighton