Olwyn Enright

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Olwyn Enright
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2002 – February 2011
Constituency Laois–Offaly
Personal details
Born (1974-07-01) 1 July 1974 (age 41)
County Offaly, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Joe McHugh
Children 2
Alma mater University College Dublin

Olwyn Enright (born 1 July 1974) is a former Irish Fine Gael politician. She served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Laois–Offaly constituency from 2002 to 2011.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Birr, County Offaly, she is the daughter of Tom Enright, who served as a Fine Gael TD and Senator for over thirty years until his retirement in 2002. She was educated in St. Brendan's Community School, Birr, and University College Dublin, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law degree in 1995. She attended the Law Society of Ireland in Blackhall Place, Dublin, qualifying as a solicitor in 1999.[2]

Her cousin is the Irish singer Mundy.

Political career[edit]

Enright served on Offaly County Council between 1999 and 2002. She was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2002 general election, becoming the first female TD to represent the Laois–Offaly constituency.[3] Within her first few weeks in the Dáil she was appointed Fine Gael spokesperson for Education and Science.

In July 2005, Enright married Joe McHugh, who was then a Fine Gael Senator. In the 2007 general election, McHugh was elected to the Dáil to represent the Donegal North–East constituency. Enright retained her seat in Laois–Offaly, making them the third married couple to be elected to sit in the same Dáil.[4]

Enright served as party spokesperson on Social and Family Affairs from 2007 to 2010. In June 2010, she supported Richard Bruton's leadership challenge to Enda Kenny. Following Kenny's victory in a motion of confidence, Enright was not reappointed to the front bench.

Retirement from politics[edit]

On 30 August 2010, while pregnant with her second child, Enright announced that she would not seek to retain her seat at the next election, citing pressures of juggling her family life and career.[5][6] After 9 years of service, she retired with a once off lump sum payment of €129,800 and an annual pension of €22,542.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ms. Olwyn Enright". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Law Directory of the Law Society of Ireland, 2002 Edition.
  3. ^ "Olwyn Enright". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  4. ^ Michael O'Higgins and Brigid Hogan-O'Higgins both served in the 16th Dáil, 17th Dáil and 18th Dáil, and Alexis FitzGerald, Jnr and Mary Flaherty both served as members in the 23rd Dáil.
  5. ^ "Olwyn Enright will not contest next election". RTÉ News. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Fine Gael couple's joy at birth of second child". Irish Independent. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Take the money and (do not) run". Sunday Tribune. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
Preceded by
Tom Enright
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Laois–Offaly
Succeeded by
Marcella Corcoran Kennedy
(Fine Gael)