Seán Ó Neachtain (politician)

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Seán Ó Neachtain
Member of the European Parliament
In office
June 2004 – June 2009
Constituency North-West
In office
July 2002 – June 2004
Constituency Connacht–Ulster
Personal details
Born (1947-05-22) 22 May 1947 (age 69)
Galway, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil

Seán Ó Neachtain (born 22 May 1947) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He was a Member of the European Parliament for the North-West constituency from 2002, when he was substituted for Pat the Cope Gallagher, until 2009.[1]

He was a member of the Transport and Tourism Committee, as well as the Fisheries Committee. Ó Neachtain was instrumental to the recognition of the Irish language as an official working language of the European Union.

After obtaining a BA (hons) in 1969, Ó Neachtain became a school teacher. He worked in this capacity through the 1970s and 1980s. He was involved in regional politics around Galway and western Ireland from 1979, and served as a member of Galway County Council from 1991 to 2002. He made his first foray into European politics when he was appointed as a member of the Committee of the Regions in 1994. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Galway West constituency at the 1997 general election.[1]

On 20 April 2009, he announced that he would not be contesting the 2009 European Parliament election due to health concerns.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Seán Ó Neachtain". Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Ó Neachtain will not contest election". RTÉ News. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2009. 

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