Michael Moynihan (Cork politician)
|Opposition Chief Whip|
|Preceded by||Seán Ó Fearghaíl|
12 January 1968 |
Mallow, Cork, Ireland
|Political party||Fianna Fáil|
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 was the Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture and Food from April 2011 to July 2012. In July 2012 he was appointed as party spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
|Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Cork North–West