Séamus Healy

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Séamus Healy

Séamus Healy 2015.jpg
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
ConstituencyTipperary
In office
February 2011 – February 2016
In office
June 2000 – May 2007
ConstituencyTipperary South
Personal details
Born (1950-08-09) 9 August 1950 (age 69)
Waterford, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyIndependent
Healy's constituency office in Tipperary Town

Séamus Healy (born 9 August 1950) is an Irish independent politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Tipperary constituency since the 2016 general election. He previously served as a TD for Tipperary South from 2000 to 2007 and from 2011 to 2016.[1]

He is part of the Clonmel-based Workers and Unemployed Action (WUA) which had a number of local representatives on South Tipperary County Council and Clonmel Borough Council. He is a former member of the League for a Workers Republic.[2]

A former hospital administrator, Healy was first elected to Clonmel Borough Council in 1985.[2] He was elected to the 28th Dáil at a by-election on 22 June 2000. He was re-elected at the 2002 general election, but lost his seat at the 2007 general election to Martin Mansergh of Fianna Fáil.[3][4] After losing his Dáil seat he returned to serve as councillor in South Tipperary for Clonmel, being co-opted for Pat English, after which he was appointed to various committees such as the local Vocational Education Committee, promotion of the Irish language and various water supply committees.

Healy was re-elected to South Tipperary County Council at the 2009 local elections.[3]

He won back his seat at the 2011 general election with 21.3 per cent of the first preference vote.[5][6]

On 15 December 2011, he helped launch a nationwide campaign against the household charge being brought in as part of the 2012 Irish budget.[7]

He stood for re-election to the new Tipperary constituency as an Independent in the 2016 general election, and was elected on the seventh count.[8] He voted for both Gerry Adams and Richard Boyd Barrett for Taoiseach when the 32nd Dáil first met.[9]

Séamus Healy's brother Paddy Healy served as president of the Teachers' Union of Ireland and ran unsuccessfully in the Seanad elections in 2007 and 2011 for the NUI panel, and in the 1980s ran in the Dublin North-East Dáil constituency as an Anti H-Block candidate.[10] He works as a voluntary researcher for Seamus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Séamus Healy". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b International Trotskyism, 1929–1985: a documented analysis of the movement By Robert Jackson Alexander, p. 576.
  3. ^ a b "Séamus Healy". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  4. ^ "I'll be back - Healy". Tipperary Star. 31 May 2007. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007.
  5. ^ Minihan, Mary (28 February 2011). "Higgins pledges to build new party of left as five elected under ULA banner". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Tipperary South Result 2011 General Election". RTÉ News. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  7. ^ "TDs would go to jail over household charge". RTÉ News. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  8. ^ Delehanty, Mary (2 March 2016). "Dáil General Election 2016 - Constituency of Tipperary Results Sheet" (PDF). Tipperary Returning Officer. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Nomination of Taoiseach: 10 Mar 2016". Dáil debates. KildareStreet.com. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  10. ^ Paddy Healy www.electionsireland.org
Oireachtas
Preceded by
Michael Ferris
(Labour Party)
Independent Teachta Dála for Tipperary South
2000–2007
Succeeded by
Martin Mansergh
(Fianna Fáil)
Preceded by
Martin Mansergh
(Fianna Fáil)
WUA Teachta Dála for Tipperary South
2011–2016
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
New constituency Teachta Dála for Tipperary
2016–present
Incumbent