|Deputy Leader of the Labour Party|
25 October 2002 – 4 October 2007
|Preceded by||Brendan Howlin|
|Succeeded by||Joan Burton|
|Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal|
20 December 1994 – 26 June 1997
|Preceded by||New office|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
November 1992 – February 2011
23 March 1947
|Political party||Labour Party (Since 1999)|
|Democratic Left (1992–99),
Workers' Party (1979–92)
|Spouse(s)||John McManus (divorced)|
|Alma mater||University College Dublin|
Early life and writing career
McManus was born in 1947 in Montreal, Canada. She studied Architecture at University College Dublin, where she shared a drawing desk with Ruairi Quinn. McManus is an accomplished writer. She has won the Hennessy, Listowel and Irish PEN awards in fiction. Her first novel Acts of Subversion was nominated for the Aer Lingus/Irish Times Literature Prize. McManus was also a weekly columnist with the Sunday Tribune from 1986 until 1992.
She first ran for political office in 1979 when she was elected to Bray Town Council for Sinn Féin the Workers' Party. Later she was elected to Wicklow County Council. She helped establish a women's refuge in Bray in 1978 and was its convenor until 1991.
McManus was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1992 general election as a member of Democratic Left. She retained her seat in every subsequent election until her retirement in 2011. In 1994 Democratic Left formed a government with Fine Gael and the Labour Party, and McManus became Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal until that coalition lost power in 1997. During this period she was also a member of the Northern Ireland Forum for Peace and Reconciliation.
In 1999, Democratic Left merged with the Labour Party, and in 2002 McManus was elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. Another former Democratic Left TD, Pat Rabbitte, became leader of the party. She also became the Labour Party spokesperson on Health.
She was the deputy leader of the Labour Party and party spokesperson on Health from 2002 to 2007. Following the resignation of Pat Rabbitte on 23 August 2007 she was acting leader of the Labour Party until September 2007, but chose not to stand for re-election as deputy leader when a deputy leadership election was held. Joan Burton replaced her as deputy leader. She was party spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources from 2007 to 2011.
She was formerly married to John McManus; the couple had four children. They publicly separated in 2006. John McManus, a physician in general practice, was a Labour member of Bray Town Council from 1999 to 2009.
By February 2015 McManus had been with her new partner, Sean, also active in the Labour Party, for ten years.
- Coffey, Edel (22 February 2015). "Ex-TD Liz McManus: 'Sean's the love of my life: he lives in his house and I live in mine'". Irish Independent. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
- "Ms. Liz McManus". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 2 October 2009.
- "Liz McManus – Biography". Ricorso. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
- "Liz McManus". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 2 October 2009.
- "Labour's McManus will not seek re-election". RTÉ News. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
- "Break-up did not make me quit: McManus". Sunday Independent. Ireland. 2 September 2007. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
Seat added to constituency
|Democratic Left Teachta Dála for Wicklow
as Labour Party TD
as Democratic Left TD
|Labour Party Teachta Dála for Wicklow
|Minister of State at the Department of the Environment
(with responsibility for Housing and Urban Renewal)
|Deputy Leader of Labour Party