Tiernan Brady

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Tiernan Brady
Born Enniskillen Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Education B.A. in Economics U.C.D.
M.A. in International Relations D.C.U.
Organization GLEN - The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network
Known for political and LGBT rights campaigner

Tiernan Brady is an Irish political and LGBT rights and equality campaigner. He is the policy director of GLEN – The Irish Gay and Lesbian Equality Network.[1] and the political director of the Yes Equality campaign [2]


Brady was elected to Bundoran Town Council in 1999 and re-elected in 2004.[3] He twice served as council chair. In 2005 Brady introduced Ireland's first derelict property tax to address underdevelopment and hoarding of properties by developers.[4]

As council chair, Brady proposed the creation of special coastal conservation zones to prevent residential zoning in areas of natural beauty. These proposals pitted him against councillors from his own party, but they passed.[5] In 2007 Brady let it be known that he would not stand again.[6]

From 2000–2007 he served as Director of Organisation for Pat the Cope Gallagher, MEP and Mary Coughlan, TD.

In October 2013 Brady announced that he would seek to be the Fianna Fáil candidate in the Dublin constituency for the 2014 European elections.[7]

Equality campaigner[edit]

In 2009 Brady became a director with GLEN – The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network. He emphasised political reform and HIV prevention. GLEN successfully lobbied to pass the Civil Partnership Act in 2011.[8][9] In April 2013 Brady addressed the Constitutional Convention to argue for marriage equality.[10] In 2012 he led the successful bid for Dublin to host the 15th Annual Conference of the International Lesbian and Gay Association - Europe (ILGA-Europe)and chaired the conference organising committee. The ILGA conference is the largest of its kind in Europe with delegates from over 40 countries attending.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Brady was born in Enniskillen Co.Fermanagh and grew up in the Republic of Ireland in Bundoran, Co.Donegal. He studied at University College Dublin, where he became chair of the Kevin Barry Cumann, one of the largest Fianna Fáil groups in Ireland.[13]

Brady has a degree in economics from UCD and a masters in international relations from DCU. In 1995 he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia and spent 7 months undergoing chemotherapy in St James's Hospital, Dublin. he has three sisters, one of whom is Tara Brady, film reviewer with the Irish Times. He is openly gay.


  1. ^ "Top Stories:". Glen.ie. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  2. ^ http://www.yesequality.ie
  3. ^ "Tiernan Brady". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  4. ^ Anita Guidera – 27 October 2005 (2005-10-27). "Eyesore property owners face dereliction tax". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  5. ^ 02 February 2006 (2006-02-02). "Councillors 'have vested interest in rezone plan'". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  6. ^ "Brady's decision not to run a blow for Fianna Fail - Donegal Democrat". Donegaldemocrat.ie. 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  7. ^ http://www.facebook.com/tiernanfordublin
  8. ^ "Address by Tiernan Brady from GLEN : Friday 26th March at Convention 2010". Convention.greenparty.ie. 2010-03-27. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  9. ^ "Tiernan Brady of GLEN address Green Party Annual Conference | Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Flickr. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  10. ^ Brady on marriage equality on YouTube
  11. ^ "Dublin 2012 / Annual Conference / About us / Home / ilga". ILGA Europe. 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  12. ^ "Dublin to host top European LGBT conference : News : GLEN". Glen.ie. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  13. ^ "The Kevin Barry Cumann Website". Ucd.ie. Retrieved 2013-11-10.