Gerry Reynolds (Irish politician)
Early life and family
Reynolds was born in Ballinamore, County Leitrim, to Patrick J. Reynolds and his wife Tess. He received his secondary education at Garbally College in Ballinasloe, Co Galway. His father Patrick was a Fine Gael TD and senator, and his grandfather Paddy Reynolds had been a TD until his assassination in 1932, when his widow Mary Reynolds was elected to succeed him, and held the seat for 29 years.
Elected to Seanad Éireann in 1987 on the Industrial and Commercial Panel, Reynolds was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1989 general election. He lost his seat at the 1992 general election to Declan Bree as part of the nationwide swing to Labour and returned to the 20th Seanad, elected again by the Industrial and Commercial Panel. He regained his seat at the 1997 general election but lost it again to independent candidate Marian Harkin at the 2002 general election.
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