Tim O'Malley

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Tim O'Malley
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2002 – May 2007
Constituency Limerick East
Personal details
Born (1944-07-03) 3 July 1944 (age 72)
Limerick, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Progressive Democrats
Alma mater University College Dublin

Tim O'Malley (born 3 July 1944) is an Irish former Progressive Democrats politician. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Limerick East constituency and was Minister of State for Disability and Mental Health at the Department of Health and Children.[1]

O'Malley was born in Barrington Street in Limerick. He was educated at Crescent College, Limerick and University College Dublin where he received a Bachelor of Science Pharmacy. Before entering electoral politics, O'Malley managed his own pharmacy in the Limerick city suburb of Dooradoyle. He served as president of the Irish Pharmaceutical Union, the representative body for over 1400 community pharmacies in Ireland. He was also awarded a fellowship by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland for services rendered to the profession. He later withdrew from management and ownership of the pharmacy business to concentrate full-time on politics.

He first held political office in 1991 when he was elected to Limerick County Council. O'Malley was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2002 general election.[2]

In 2001 he was appointed Health spokesperson for the Progressive Democrats, and successfully spearheaded his party's campaign to have a Treatment Purchase Fund included in the Government Health Strategy, as a means of reducing public patient waiting lists in Irish hospitals.

O'Malley comes from a family with a strong political pedigree in Limerick. He is a cousin of the former Progressive Democrats TD and party founder Desmond O'Malley, and is also a cousin of Donogh O'Malley. Two other cousins, Fiona O'Malley and Patrick O'Malley were also Progressive Democrat TDs.

When O'Malley was in government, he set up an expert group to formulate National policy for Mental Health in Ireland. In 2003 he called for the Health Board system to be abolished.[3] In 2006 he launched the new policy Vision For Change and it became government policy. He was very involved in bringing radiotherapy services to Limerick, in spite of national reports which said that there should only be three radiotherapy centres in Ireland, in Dublin, Cork and Galway. O'Malley also convinced his ministerial colleagues that a new graduate-entry medical school should be set up in University Limerick.

In December of that year he came under increasing pressure from opposition TDs to resign following a Prime Time Investigates television programme broadcast on RTÉ One which criticised the lack of mental health services available for Irish children. He implied in the programme that long waiting lists for psychiatric services were in some cases engineered by psychiatrists themselves in search of a feeling of power.[4]

He lost his seat at the 2007 general election.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mr. Tim O'Malley". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tim O'Malley". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "O'Malley calls for end to health board system". RTÉ News. 12 April 2003. 
  4. ^ "O'Malley claims people like to have hospital waiting lists". RTÉ News. 5 December 2006. 
Preceded by
Desmond O'Malley
(Progressive Democrats)
Progressive Democrats Teachta Dála for Limerick East
Succeeded by
Kieran O'Donnell
(Fine Gael)
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Moffatt
Minister of State for Disability and Mental Health
Succeeded by
Jimmy Devins