- Austin Currie
Austin Currie (born 11 October 1939) is a former Irish politician, having been elected to the parliaments of both
Northern Irelandand the Republic of Ireland.
Austin Currie was born in
County Tyrone, Northern Ireland into a large Catholicfamily. He was educated in Dungannonand at the Queen's University of Belfast. Between 1964 and 1972 he was elected as Stormont MP for East Tyrone. He became an active member in the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association. In 1970 he was a founder of the group that established the Social Democratic and Labour Party(SDLP). From 1973 to 1974 Currie was a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly. In 1974 he became chief whip of the SDLP. That same year he became Minister for Housing, Local Government and Planning in the Northern Ireland Executive.
He contested the
1979 UK General Electionand 1986 by-election in the Fermanagh and South Tyrone seat. He also was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1982 for the same seat.
By 1989, Currie had decided to move south, and in the general election of that year he was elected as a
Fine Gael Teachta Dálafor a Dublinconstituency.
In 1990 he was the Fine Gael candidate in the presidential election. However, after procrastination on Fine Gael's part in choosing a candidate he came third after
Mary Robinsonand Brian Lenihan. In the Rainbow Coalitionbetween 1994 and 1997 he became Minister of State at the Departments of Education, Justice and Health. In the 2002 general election he lost his seat in Dáil Éireannwhen he failed to be elected in Dublin Mid West. He immediately announced his retirement from politics.
*Austin Currie, 'All Hell Will Break Loose,' O'Brien Press, Dublin, 2004.
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