Thomas Byrne (Meath politician)

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Thomas Byrne

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Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
In office
May 2007 – February 2011
ConstituencyMeath East
In office
25 April 2011 – 26 February 2016
ConstituencyCultural and Educational Panel
Personal details
Born (1977-06-01) 1 June 1977 (age 42)
Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Ann Hunt (m. 2005)
Alma materTrinity College Dublin
Constituency office in Kells

Thomas Byrne (born 1 June 1977) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Meath East constituency since 2016, and previously from 2007 to 2011. He was a Senator for the Cultural and Educational Panel 2011 to 2016.[1]

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.

He is married to a former Seneschalstown and Meath ladies' footballer Ann Hunt. They have three children.[2]. His father Thomas Byrne is a Fianna Fáil County Councillor in County Louth. Before his son's election to Dáil Éireann he sat as an Independent member of Louth County Council.

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 Leader 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 was 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 the Fine Gael candidate Helen McEntee, coming in second place overall. He was re-elected in the 2016 general election.

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

He is opposed to abortion and the repealing of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.[6]


  1. ^ "Thomas Byrne". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  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.
  6. ^ "FF TDs ready to block new abortion laws". Retrieved 27 April 2018.

External links[edit]

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