Terence Flanagan

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Terence Flanagan
TD
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
May 2007
Constituency Dublin North–East
Personal details
Born (1975-01-01) 1 January 1975 (age 40)
Nationality Irish
Political party Renua Ireland (since March 2015)
Other political
affiliations
Independent (2013–15),
Fine Gael (until July 2013)
Alma mater Dublin Business School

Terence Flanagan (born 1 January 1975) is an Irish politician.[1] He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin North–East constituency since being elected at the general election of May 2007. 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, his brother Declan was co-opted onto the City Council.

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 a new political party, Renua Ireland, 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]

References[edit]

  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. 
Oireachtas
Preceded by
Martin Brady
(Fianna Fáil)
Teachta Dála for Dublin North–East
2007–present
Incumbent