James Bannon

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James Bannon
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2007 – February 2016
Constituency Longford–Westmeath
Senator
In office
September 2002 – May 2007
Constituency Industrial and Commercial Panel
Personal details
Born (1958-03-06) 6 March 1958 (age 58)
Legan, Longford, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael

James Bannon (born 6 March 1958) is a former Irish Fine Gael elected politician. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Longford–Westmeath constituency from 2007 until February 2016.[1]

A native of Legan, County Longford, he worked as a farmer and auctioneer before entering politics.

He was first elected to Longford County Council at the 1985 local elections for the Ballymahon electoral area, and was successively re-elected to the County Council at the 1991 and 1999 local elections, receiving the largest number of first-preference votes in the electoral area on each occasion.[2] He has served as Chairperson of Longford County Council, becoming the youngest person ever to do so.

In 2002, he was elected to Seanad Éireann as a Fine Gael candidate by the Industrial and Commercial Panel. He stood down as a member of Longford County Council when legislation was introduced prohibiting serving members of the Oireachtas from being members of local authorities, and was succeeded by his brother, Larry. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2007 general election for Longford–Westmeath.

He served as the party Deputy spokesperson on Environment with special responsibility for Heritage from 2007 to 2010. In October 2010, he was appointed as Deputy spokesperson on Environment with special responsibility for Local and Community Development.

In 2012, he asked Bishop Colm O'Reilly to reconsider selecting an Italian organ maker to rebuild the organ in St Mel's Cathedral in Longford.[3]

During campaigning ahead of the 2016 general election, Gardaí gave Bannon a lift after he became involved in a dispute while canvassing in the Creevaghbeg estate area in Ballymahon, County Longford. An associate of Bannon was reported to have stolen election leaflets belonging to a rival candidate from local letter boxes.[4]

He lost his seat at the 2016 general election.[2] He subsequently failed to gain re-election to Seanad Éireann in April 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. James Bannon". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "James Bannon". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Plea for Irish organ for St Mel's Cathedral". RTÉ News. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Fine Gael candidate given lift by gardaí after argument over canvassing". RTÉ News. 22 February 2016. 

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
Paul McGrath
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Longford–Westmeath
20072016
Incumbent