- Paul McGrath (politician)
Paul McGrath (born 1 February 1948) is an Irish politician and was a
Fine Gael Teachta Dála(TD) for Westmeath from 1989 to 2007.
McGrath, a native of Ballymore,
County Westmeathwas educated at St Finian's College, Mullingarand at Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds. Prior to entering national politics, he worked as a primary schoolteacher in County Westmeath.
Paul McGrath was first elected to Dáil Éireann in the 1989 general election as a Fine Gael candidate in the constituency of Longford-Westmeath, replacing the retiring Fine Gael TD,
Patrick Cooney. He retained his seat in all subsequent elections, which since the 1992 election has been part of the Westmeath constituency. In 1991, he was elected as a member of Westmeath County Counciland Mullingar Town Commissioners (now Mullingar Town Council), and was a member of both bodies until his retirement from local politics in 2002.
In Dáil Éireann, he served as Fine Gael spokesperson on Public Works from 1993 to 1994 and as front bench spokesperson on Education in 1994, while Fine Gael were in opposition. During Fine Gael's period in government between 1995 and 1997, he was not appointed as a senior or junior minister, but was chairperson of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Family between 1995 and 1997.
In the 29th Dáil elected in 2002, he was a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance and the Committee on the Houses of the Oireachtas, as well as being Fine Gael's deputy spokesperson on Finance.
In 2005, his Westmeath constituency was re-constituted into the new Longford-Westmeath constituency. In an unexpected move, McGrath retired at the 2007 election. [ [http://breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=168989572&p=y6899xz78 IOL | FG TD to stand down at general election ] ] Among the reasons cited were his age, his dissatisfaction with Fine Gael's proposed candidate selection strategy in the new constituency, and that he felt it unlikely that he would be chosen as a minister if Fine Gael were returned to government.
* [http://www.finegael.ie/Representatives/representatives.cfm?id=18&TD_Key=29 Paul McGrath's page on the Fine Gael website]
* [http://electionsireland.org/candidate.cfm?ID=3823 Paul McGrath's electoral history] (ElectionsIreland.org)
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