Tom Fleming (Irish politician)

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Tom Fleming
Teachta Dála
In office
February 2011 – February 2016
Constituency Kerry South
Personal details
Born February 1951
Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Independent
Other political
Fianna Fáil (1980–2011)
Spouse(s) Lena Fleming
Children 3
Occupation Publican

Tom Fleming (born February 1951) is a former Irish independent politician. He was elected at the 2011 general election to Dáil Éireann as a Teachta Dála (TD) for Kerry South.[1]

Fleming is a former Fianna Fáil member of Kerry County Council, and was co-opted to the council before the 1985 local elections, as a Fianna Fáil councillor for the Killarney electoral area, following the death of his father.[2] He retained his seat at the 1999, 2004 and 2009 local elections.[2] He was an unsuccessful Fianna Fáil candidate for Kerry South at the 2002 and 2007 general elections.[2]

He and fellow councillor Michael Cahill left Fianna Fáil on 12 January 2011.[2][3] He contested the Kerry South constituency at the 2011 general election as an independent candidate, winning a seat.[2] He was part of the Dáil Technical group which gives independents and minor parties more speaking time in Dáil debates.[4]

Fleming was the fourth generation of his family to serve on Kerry County Council.[5]

He was a member of the Independent Alliance.[6] On 5 February 2016, he announced that he would not be contesting the 2016 general election on 26 February.[7]


  1. ^ "Mr. Tom Fleming". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Tom Fleming". Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "'I have touched positively every home of every parish'". Irish Examiner. 9 February 2011. [dead link]
  4. ^ "TDs agree to form technical group". The Irish Times. 9 March 2011. 
  5. ^ O'Shea, Owen (2011). Heirs to the kingdom : Kerry's political dynasties. Dublin: The O'Brien Press. ISBN 9781847172280. 
  6. ^ "Feargal Quinn to announce he is to join Independent Alliance". The Irish Times. 29 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Tom Fleming pulls out of General Election race". Radio Kerry. 5 February 2016. 

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Preceded by
John O'Donoghue
(Fianna Fáil)
Independent Teachta Dála for Kerry South
Constituency abolished