Tony Dempsey

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Tony Dempsey
Wexford County Councillor
In office
June 2009 June 2019
Constituency Wexford
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2002 May 2007
Constituency Wexford
Personal details
Born (1944-05-11) 11 May 1944 (age 76)
Wexford, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Alma mater University College Dublin,
St. Patrick's College, Maynooth

Tony Dempsey (born 11 May 1944) is an Irish former Fianna Fáil politician. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Wexford constituency from 2002 to 2007. [1]

Dempsey is a native of Davidstown, County Wexford and was educated at Enniscorthy Christian Brothers School, University College Dublin and St. Patrick's College, Maynooth. Prior to entering politics he worked as a secondary schoolteacher, and was a principal teacher of a large secondary school in Enniscorthy at the time of his election.

He was always widely known for his involvement with Gaelic games in County Wexford. He had been appointed chairman of Wexford County Board (the governing body of the Gaelic Athletic Association in the county) in 1976 at the age of 35, becoming one of the youngest ever persons to hold the position, and he had been involved with inter-county hurling and Gaelic football teams in Wexford either as a trainer, selector or manager. He trained the Wexford Junior Gaelic football team to a Leinster championship in 2000 when they defeated Dublin in the final. At the time of his election, he was manager of the Wexford Senior Hurling team.

Dempsey was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2002 general election. This was the first time that he had stood for election at any level. He had been chosen as a candidate in the hope of increasing Fianna Fáil's vote and obtaining three seats out of five in the constituency for the party. However, the strategy was unsuccessful and while he was elected, it was at the expense of a party colleague, Hugh Byrne. [2] Dempsey did not contest the 2007 general election. He was elected to Wexford County Council at the 2009 local elections and re-elected at the 2014 local elections. [2] He retired at the 2019 local elections.

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References

  1. "Tony Dempsey". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  2. 1 2 "Tony Dempsey". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
Oireachtas
Preceded by
Hugh Byrne
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Wexford
2002–2007
Succeeded by
Seán Connick
(Fianna Fáil)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Joachim Kelly
Wexford Senior Hurling Manager
2000–2002
Succeeded by
John Conran
Preceded by
Mick Stafford
Wexford Under-21 Hurling Manager
2010–2012
Succeeded by
JJ Doyle