Terence Flanagan

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Terence Flanagan
Terence Flanagan.jpg
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2007 – February 2016
ConstituencyDublin North-East
Personal details
Born (1975-01-01) 1 January 1975 (age 44)
Dublin, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael (since 2017), (until 2013)
Other political
Independent (2013–15),
Renua (2015–16)
Alma materDublin Business School

Terence Flanagan (born 1 January 1975) is a former Irish politician.[1] He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin North-East constituency May 2007 to February 2016. He was previously a member of Dublin City Council for the Artane area;[2] originally co-opted onto the Council to replace Richard Bruton, due to the ending of dual mandates in September 2003, he was elected to the Council in 2004. Upon Flanagan's election to the Dail in 2007, he co-opted his brother, Declan, onto the City Council as his replacement.

In February 2008, Flanagan made a speech which was notably similar to a previous one by Labour Party TD Joan Burton. He initially denied that the speech was copied, but later issued a statement admitting and apologising for the plagiarism.[3] He was Fine Gael deputy spokesperson on the Environment, with special responsibility for Housing, from October 2007 to March 2011.

Flanagan was expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party on 2 July 2013 when he defied the party whip by voting against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.[4][5] On 13 September 2013 he and six other expellees formed the Reform Alliance, described as a "loose alliance" rather than a political party.[6]

On 13 March 2015, the "Renua Ireland" project was launched, with Flanagan as one of its three sitting TDs and many other Reform Alliance members as declared election candidates. Later that day Flanagan represented the party in an interview on RTÉ's Drivetime radio news programme, where he was unable to answer any questions about the party's policies.[7][8][9]

Flanagan stood as a Renua Ireland candidate for the new Dublin Bay North constituency at the 2016 general election, but lost his seat being eliminated at the 9th count.[10]

In April 2017 it was announced that he would rejoin Fine Gael.[11]


  1. ^ "Mr. Terence Flanagan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 17 April 2009.
  2. ^ "Terence Flanagan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Flanagan regrets copying Burton's speech". RTÉ News. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2008.
  4. ^ "Abortion law moves one step closer". Irish Independent. 2 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Fine Gael expels four TDs for voting against abortion Bill". The Irish Times. 3 July 2013.
  6. ^ "The politicians formerly known as the Fine Gael rebels are now the Reform Alliance". TheJournal.ie. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  7. ^ Jason Kennedy; Denise Calnan; Sam Griffin (2015-03-13). "Car crash interview on RTE, spat with Matt Cooper and parody on social media - RENUA Ireland's eventful first day". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  8. ^ Harry McGee (2015-03-13). "Renua Ireland's Terence Flanagan has 'mental blank' on radio". Irish Times. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  9. ^ "One of Lucinda's Renua TDs had a nightmare interview and trended on Twitter". TheJournal.ie. 2015-03-13. Retrieved 2015-03-14.
  10. ^ Mary Minihan (29 February 2016). "Former TD Lucinda Creighton says finding a new job the priority". Irish Times. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  11. ^ http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/former-td-who-left-fg-over-abortion-back-in-party-fold-35658602.html
Preceded by
Martin Brady
(Fianna Fáil)
Teachta Dála for Dublin North-East
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished