Thomas Byrne (Meath politician)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other people named Thomas Byrne, see Thomas Byrne (disambiguation).
Thomas Byrne
Opposition Spokesperson for Education
and Skills
Assumed office
18 May 2016
Leader Micheál Martin
Preceded by Charlie McConalogue
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
In office
May 2007 – February 2011
Constituency Meath East
In office
25 April 2011 – 26 February 2016
Constituency Cultural and Educational Panel
Personal details
Born (1977-06-01) 1 June 1977 (age 39)
Drogheda, Louth, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Ann Hunt
Children 3
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin

Thomas Byrne (born 1 June 1977) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He was elected to Seanad Éireann in April 2011.[1] He was previously a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Meath East constituency from 2007 to 2011. He was re-elected to the Dáil at the 2016 general election.

Personal life[edit]

Byrne is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin where he gained a Law degree (LL.B.). He is a qualified solicitor and is also qualified as Attorney at law in New York state.

He is married to a former Seneschalstown and Meath ladies' footballer Ann Hunt. They have three children.[2]

Political career[edit]

He was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2007 general election. He was an unsuccessful candidate at the 2009 European Parliament election for the East constituency.[3]

In November 2009 he was appointed Cathaoirleach (Chairman) of Ógra Fianna Fáil by then Taoiseach and President of Fianna Fáil Brian Cowen at the National Youth Conference.

He lost his seat at the 2011 general election.[4][5] He was elected to Seanad Éireann on the Cultural and Educational Panel in April 2011. He is the Fianna Fáil Seanad spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform.

Byrne was a candidate in the Meath East by-election held on 27 March 2013. He lost on the third count to Fine Gael candidate Helen McEntee, coming in second place overall. He was elected in the 2016 general election.

He ran as a Fianna Fáil candidate in the Midlands–North-West constituency for the 2014 European Parliament election.


  1. ^ "Mr. Thomas Byrne". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Thomas Byrne". The Meath Chronicle. 23 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Thomas Byrne". Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  4. ^ Lynch, Suzanne (26 February 2011). "Labour's Hannigan tops Meath East poll". The Irish Times. 
  5. ^ "Meath East: Hannigan pins his hopes on Breakfast Roll Man's support". Irish Independent. 11 February 2011. 

External links[edit]

New constituency Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Meath East
Succeeded by
Regina Doherty
(Fine Gael)