Michael Moynihan (Cork politician)
|Opposition Chief Whip|
19 April 2016
|Preceded by||Seán Ó Fearghaíl|
|Opposition Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources|
10 July 2012 – 19 April 2016
|Preceded by||Willie O'Dea|
|Succeeded by||Timmy Dooley|
|Opposition Spokesperson for Agriculture, Food and the Marine|
8 April 2011 – 10 July 2012
|Preceded by||Andrew Doyle|
|Succeeded by||Éamon Ó Cuív|
12 January 1968 |
Mallow, Cork, Ireland
|Political party||Fianna Fáil|
|Alma mater||Cork Institute of Technology|
A dairy farmer by profession, he first became involved in national politics in 1997 when he was elected at the 1997 general election to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil TD. Moynihan's election caused somewhat of a shock because he succeeded in unseating sitting Fine Gael TD Frank Crowley, in what had been one of Fine Gael's strongest constituencies where they had held more seats than Fianna Fáil. At the 1997 election another candidate, Donal Howard, gained votes in the Kanturk, Banteer, and Kilcorney areas of the constituency; this reduced the share of votes obtained by Frank Crowley, and contributed to his loss of his seat.
Moynihan was chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Science from 2004 to 2007. He served as chairman of Ógra Fianna Fáil, the youth wing of the party, until 2005. He topped the poll at the 2002 general election and was re-elected at the 2007 and 2011 general elections.
He has served as the Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture and Food from 2011 to 2012, spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources 2012 to 2016, and from May 2016 he has served as Opposition Chief Whip.
|Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Cork North–West