Eamon Scanlon

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Eamon Scanlon
Eamon Scanlon.jpg
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
Constituency Sligo–Leitrim
Teachta Dála
In office
June 2007 – February 2011
Constituency Sligo–North Leitrim
In office
12 September 2002 – 25 May 2007
Constituency Agricultural Panel
Personal details
Born (1954-09-20) 20 September 1954 (age 63)
Ballymote, Sligo, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Ann Killoran
Children 6
Alma mater Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Website Official website

Eamon Scanlon (born 20 September 1954) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Sligo–Leitrim constituency since the 2016 general election. He had previously served as a Teachta Dála for the Sligo–North Leitrim constituency from 2007 to 2011. He was a Senator for the Agricultural Panel from 2002 to 2007.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Scanlon is a native of Ballymote, County Sligo. He is married to Ann Scanlon and they have six children. He is a butcher by trade and business owner since 1975. Subsequently, he opened a business called 'Eamon Scanlon & Sons Auctioneers, Valuers and Estate Agents'. He is a member of the Governing Body of Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the Ballymote Community Enterprise Board.

Political life[edit]

He spent seven years on the National Executive of Fianna Fáil and was the Director of Elections for Matt Brennan. He was a member of Sligo County Council from 1991 to 2003, representing the Ballymote electoral area.[2] He was elected to the 22nd Seanad Éireann by the Agricultural Panel in 2002. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2007 general election for Sligo–North Leitrim.

On 5 August 2009, he (along with fellow Sligo Fianna Fáil TD Jimmy Devins) resigned the party whip over his opposition to cuts in breast cancer services at Sligo General Hospital.[3][4] He rejoined the parliamentary party on 13 January 2011.[5]

He lost his seat at the 2011 general election. His first preference vote had declined from 23.2% in 2007 to 11.4%. He was an unsuccessful candidate at 2011 Seanad election.[2]

He was elected to Sligo County Council for the Ballymote-Tubbercurry area at the 2014 local elections.[2]

He regained his Dáil seat for Fianna Fáil at the 2016 general election.[6]


  1. ^ "Mr. Eamon Scanlon". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Eamon Scanlon". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "FF TDs resign whip over cuts". The Irish Times. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Joint statement by Dr Jimmy Devins TD and Eamon Scanlon TD". 28 July 2009. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Sligo's Scanlon Returned To Fianna Fáil Whip". Sligo Today. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Election 2016: Eamon Scanlon". RTÉ. 2016-02-28. 
New constituency Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Sligo–North Leitrim
Succeeded by
Michael Colreavy
(Sinn Féin)