- Dick Roche
Dick Roche Minister of State for European Affairs In office
14 June 2007 – 9 March 2011
Preceded by Noel Treacy Succeeded by Lucinda Creighton In office
19 June 2002 – 29 September 2004
Preceded by New office Succeeded by Noel Treacy Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government In office
29 September 2004 – 14 June 2007
Preceded by Martin Cullen Succeeded by John Gormley Teachta Dála In office
June 1997 – February 2011
February 1987 – November 1992
Constituency Wicklow Senator In office
December 1992 – June 1997
Constituency Administrative Panel Personal details Born 30 March 1947
Nationality Irish Political party Fianna Fáil Spouse(s) Eleanor Griffin Alma mater University College Dublin Website dickroche.com
Early and private life
Roche was born in Wexford and was educated at Wexford Christian Brothers School and University College Dublin (UCD) where he received Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Roche's grandfather, Jem Roche, was a one-time heavyweight boxing champion of Ireland who also fought unsuccessfully for the world title.
Roche worked as a public servant at the Departments of Posts and Telegraphs, Transport and Power, Finance and at the Department of Economic Planning and Development. In 1978 he was appointed lecturer in Public Administration and Public Finance at UCD. In 1978 Roche became the first Irish Citizen to be awarded a United Nations Human Rights fellowship. He subsequently became a member of the Irish Commission for Justice and Peace and served as a time as Chairman of the Commission.
Roche began his political career in 1985 when he was elected to Wicklow County Council. Two years later, at the 1987 general election he was elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil TD for the Wicklow constituency.
Roche lost his seat at the 1992 general election but was elected to Seanad Éireann. In the Irish Senate Roche introduced a Freedom of Information Bill based closely on the Norwegian Freedom of Information legislation. He was returned to the 28th Dáil at the 1997 general election and remained a TD until 2011.
Following the 2002 general election Roche was appointed Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs with special responsibility for European Affairs. In his role, effectively as Minister for Europe, he played a large role during Ireland's Presidency of the European Council in 2004. In 2004 Roche was conferred with the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana by the Government of Estonia for his support of Estonia's accession to the European Union. In 2004 he became Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. He retained his seat at the 2007 general election but, on the formation of the new government, was the only member of the previous Cabinet to be demoted, being re-appointed to his Minister of State for European Affairs role.
His last act as Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government was the signing of an order that was to lead to work being resumed on the controversial M3 motorway near the Hill of Tara. He remained Minister of State for European Affairs, during which Ireland conducted two referendums on the Treaty of Lisbon of the European Union.
2011 election defeat
He lost his seat at the 2011 general election, polling only 5.5% of the vote which was down from the 15.8% he polled four years previously. Roche prolonged the count by demanding a recount when it was found that only three votes separated him and his Fianna Fáil running mate Pat Fitzgerald, an action which was criticised by other candidates including Fitzgerald, who described it as "disgusting". Fitzgerald also accepted that there wouldn't be a seat for Fianna Fáil. He was not present at the announcement of his elimination which was greeted with widespread cheering and applause at the count centre.
- ^ "Mr. Dick Roche". Oireachtas Members Database. http://oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=30&MemberID=1003&ConstID=184. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
- ^ "Dick Roche TD". dickroche.com. http://www.dickroche.com/mod.php?mod=userpage&menu=8&page_id=1&PHPSESSID=aa61b3052609632b8eb68aa59bb6fd33. Retrieved 15 December 2008. [dead link]
- ^ "Roche held at gunpoint during Co Wicklow hotel robbery". The Irish Times. 15 December 2008. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2008/1215/breaking39.html. Retrieved 7 March 2009.
- ^ "Minister held at gunpoint during hotel raid". RTÉ News. 15 December 2008. http://www.rte.ie/news/2008/1215/wicklow.html. Retrieved 7 March 2009.
- ^ "Dick Roche". ElectionsIreland.org. http://electionsireland.org/candidate.cfm?ID=4306. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
- ^ "Estonian president hands over decorations". Estonian Review. 29 Feb 2004. http://www.vm.ee/?q=en/node/3790. Retrieved 10 Sept 2011.
- ^ "Roche approves resumption of work at Tara.". RTÉ News. 14 June 2007. http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0614/tara.html. Retrieved 14 June 2007.
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Oireachtas Preceded by
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Wicklow
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Wicklow
Political offices Preceded by
Minister of State for European Affairs
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Minister of State for European Affairs
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Leader of the Seanad G. V. Wright (FF) (1993–94) • Maurice Manning (FG) 1994–97)
Administrative Panel Agricultural Panel Cultural and Educational Panel Industrial and Commercial Panel Labour Panel National University of Ireland University of Dublin Nominated by the Taoiseach Elected or nominated later FF: Fianna Fáil • FG: Fine Gael • Lab: Labour Party • PD: Progressive Democrats • DL: Democratic Left • Ind: Independent « 18th Seanad « Members of the 19th Seanad Éireann (1989–1993) » 20th Seanad » Cathaoirleach Seán Doherty (FF) (1989–92) • Seán Fallon (FF) (1992–93)
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Administrative Panel Agricultural Panel Cultural and Educational Panel Industrial and Commercial Panel Labour Panel National University of Ireland University of Dublin Nominated by the Taoiseach Elected or nominated later FF: Fianna Fáil • FG: Fine Gael • Lab: Labour Party • PD: Progressive Democrats • Ind: Independent Ahern Cabinet (2002–2007) Taoiseach: Bertie Ahern
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