Martin Heydon

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Martin Heydon
TD
Chair of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party
Assumed office
8 June 2016
Leader Enda Kenny
Vice Chair Pat Deering
Preceded by Dan Neville
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2011
Constituency Kildare South
Personal details
Born (1978-08-09) 9 August 1978 (age 38)
Kilcullen, Kildare, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Brianne Leahy
Children 2 sons
Alma mater Teagasc Kildalton Agricultural College
Website www.martinheydon.com

Martin Heydon (born 9 August 1978) is an Irish Fine Gael politician.[1][2] He was elected as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Kildare South constituency at the 2011 and 2016 general elections.[3] He was a member of Kildare County Council for the Athy electoral area from 2009 to 2011. In June 2016, Heydon was elected Chair of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party.

Background[edit]

Heydon is a native of South Kildare and lives outside of Kilcullen town, owning a family farm.[4] He was educated in Crookstown National School, Cross & Passion College Kilcullen and Teagasc Kildalton Agricultural College in County Kilkenny.[5]

Political career[edit]

Heydon joined the Fine Gael political party in 2008. He was elected to Kildare County Council in June 2009 at his first attempt. He was replaced on Kildare County Council following his Dáil Éireann election in February 2011 by Councillor Ivan Keatley.[5]

He was the first Fine Gael TD to be elected in the Kildare South constituency after Alan Dukes lost his seat in 2002. Heydon ran on his own for the party in 2011 and polled over 12,000 votes to be returned as a first-time TD on the first count, his first attempt in a general election. He was more than 3,000 votes above the quota and as a result Newbridge Fine Gael councillor Fiona McLoughlin Healy was added to the ballot for the 2016 general election as his running mate.[6]

Heydon won parliamentary re-election in the 2016 general election, topping the poll in Kildare South.[7]

He served as Chair of Fine Gael's Internal Committee on Agriculture & Rural Affairs between 2011 and 2016.[8]

On 8 June 2016, Heydon was elected Chair of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party, succeeding retired Limerick TD Dan Neville. Carlow–Kilkenny TD Pat Deering was elected Vice Chair by the Parliamentary Party. Heydon's responsibilities in this role include chairing the weekly meeting of Fine Gael TDs and Senators in Leinster House, and representing the party through the European People's Party (EPP) in the European Parliament.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Heydon is married to pharmacist and former ladies' GAA All-Star Brianne Leahy.[11] The couple have two sons.[12]

He is an officer of his local Gaelic football club, St Laurence's GAA.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Martin Heydon". TheJournal.ie. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mr. Martin Heydon". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Martin Heydon". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Hunk Heydon is top of the sex-appeal poll". Irish Independent. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Martin Heydon TD". Fine Gael. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Davin-Power, David. "Kildare South constituency". RTÉ News. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Gartland, Fiona (27 February 2016). "Kildare South results: Mark Heydon (FG) tops poll as Fianna Fáil takes 2 remaining seats". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "New Fund for Agri-Business Start Ups recognises Importance of this sector for Rural Ireland – Heydon". Martin Heydon TD. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "Heydon honoured to be elected Chair of Fine Gael Parliamentary Party". Fine Gael Parliamentary Party. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Fellow politicians congratulate Kildare TD on appointment to major new role". Kildare Now. 9 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "TD Martin Heydon marries his All-Star Brianne Leahy". Leinster Leader. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "About Martin Heydon". Martin Heydon TD. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  13. ^ Gartland, Fiona (27 February 2016). "Profile: Martin Heydon (FG)". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 

External links[edit]

Oireachtas
Preceded by
Seán Power
(Fianna Fáil)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Kildare South
2011–present
Incumbent