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Ellis was born in Dublin in 1953 and educated there. He later worked as a television repairman. He is a former Provisional IRA prisoner; he was arrested in 1981 and charged with possession of explosives. He jumped bail but was arrested in Buffalo, New York in February 1982 and extradited to the Republic of Ireland where in April 1983 he was sentenced to ten years' imprisonment in Portlaoise Prison. On 14 November 1990, after thirty-five days on hunger-strike, Ellis became the first person extradited from the Republic of Ireland to the United Kingdom under the 1987 Extradition Act. He went on hunger strike in protest at efforts to send him to Britain but was extradited in the sixth week of his fast. Ellis had been convicted of possessing multiple power-timer units for IRA bombs, including those suspected of being used in the Hyde Park and Regent's Park blasts. 
Ellis was first elected to Dublin City Council in 1999 for the Finglas area. He unsuccessfully contested the 2002 general election in the Dublin North-West constituency, and received 4,781 first preference votes (18.3%). He was again unsuccessful at the 2007 general election in the same constituency, receiving 4,873 votes (15.7%).
At the 2011 general election, he was elected to the 31st Dáil with 7,115 (21.7%) of the first-preference votes.
- "Mr. Dessie Ellis". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
- "IRA Hunger Striker Tests Extradition Act". Los Angeles Times. 14 November 1990.
- "Dessie Ellis". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
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