Joe McCartin

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Joe McCartin
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Member of the European Parliament
In office
7 June 1979 – 24 June 2004
ConstituencyConnacht–Ulster
Teachta Dála
In office
November 1982 – February 1987
In office
June 1981 – February 1982
ConstituencySligo–Leitrim
Senator
In office
12 June 1973 – 19 July 1981
ConstituencyAgricultural Panel
Personal details
Born
John Joseph McCartin

(1939-04-24) 24 April 1939 (age 80)
Ballinamore, County Leitrim, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Ann Clarke (m. 1972)
Children4
EducationSt. Patrick's College, Cavan

John Joseph McCartin (born 24 April 1939) is a former Irish Fine Gael politician who served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Connacht–Ulster constituency from 1979 to 2004. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Sligo–Leitrim constituency from 1981 to 1982 and 1982 to 1987. He also served as a Senator for the Agricultural Panel from 1973 to 1981.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born at Aughnasheelan, Ballinamore, County Leitrim, the son of small farmer Francis McCartin and his wife Annie Kate Lohan. He was educated at Drumbibe National School, Aughnasheelan and St. Patrick's College, Cavan. In 1972, he married Ann Clarke; they have two sons. As a young farmer, McCartin was awarded many national prizes for progressive and efficient farming. He founded the McCartin Bros group of companies with his brother Tommy; these had interests in Structural Steel, Clothing Manufacture, Milling, Forestry, Pig Production, and Dairy/Beef Farming. They quickly became the largest employers in Leitrim.

Political career[edit]

McCartin joined Fine Gael as a teenager and became secretary of the Ballinamore District Executive at the age of seventeen. He served as county secretary of Macra na Feirme (Young Farmers Organisation) and was a member of its national executive. He was Chairman of the fundraising committee which established the first rehabilitation centre in the north-west of Ireland. He was elected to Leitrim County Council in 1967. In 1973, he was elected to Seanad Éireann as a Senator for the Agricultural Panel, and after his re-election to the Seanad in 1977 he was elected Leas-Chathaoirleach of the 14th Seanad.

He was elected to the European Parliament in 1979 for the Connacht–Ulster constituency and to the Dáil at the 1981 general election representing the Sligo–Leitrim constituency.[1] He served as secretary of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party, Secretary of the Opposition Front bench and party Spokesperson for Agriculture. He lost his seat at the February 1982 general election but regained it at the November 1982 general election.[2] He lost it at the subsequent 1987 general election and did not stand in any further Dáil elections.[2]

In the European Parliament, McCartin was elected Vice Chairman of the Parliament's Budgetary Control Committee. He was the first Irish person ever to hold the position of Vice President of the European People's Party. He also served on the parliament's Agriculture and Fisheries committees. He was Joint Auditor of the European People's Party, along with former Taoiseach John Bruton. He retired from the European Parliament in 2004, having become Ireland's longest-ever serving MEP.

In 1974, he was elected Leitrim Person of the Year. In 1977, he was named as one of Ireland's "People of the Year" for "bringing hope to a depressed area."

In 2004, he was presented with the Schuman Medal at a meeting of the European Christian Democrats in Budapest, Hungary, for "his outstanding contribution to peace and unity in Europe and for the promotion of the human values of mankind".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Joe J. McCartin". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Joe McCartin". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 14 January 2011.

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