Tommy Broughan, a long-time public representative for the constituency of Dublin Bay North (previously Dublin North East) has today announced that he will not be contesting the upcoming General Election. Mr Broughan was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1992 as a Labour Deputy, became an Independent in 2011 and successfully contested the 2016 election.
During the 32nd Dáil, Tommy was a member of the Independents4Change Technical Group which was made up of like-minded Independent Deputies from around the country – Thomas Pringle, Joan Collins, Catherine Connolly, Maureen O’Sullivan and recently elected MEPs, Clare Daly and Mick Wallace. Tommy introduced a number of Private Members’ Bills during the 32nd Dáil and indeed during his political career, most recently the Thirty-Ninth Amendment of the Constitution (Right to Housing) Bill 2019. Tommy’s priorities always included Housing, Health, Disability Rights, Road Safety, Crime and Justice, Education and Local Government. All during his career he was a vocal and committed supporter of the Stardust Relatives’ and Victims’ Committee, as well as Sustainable Planning of Dublin Bay North and Animal Welfare. As a member of the Budgetary Oversight Committee, he has always been a strong voice for real people in fiscal and economic matters, scrutinising the spending of public monies and calling for realistic budgets for health, justice and education in particular.
Almost 20 years ago, he introduced the first Trade Union Recognition Bill into Dáil Éireann and was a spokesperson over the years on Finance, Enterprise and Employment, Transport, Communications, Energy and the Marine.
Mr Broughan says “I’d like to sincerely thank all my friends and my constituents of Dublin Bay North (and Dublin North East) for their support over the years. After lengthy discussions with my family, staff and long deliberations, I decided not to contest the upcoming General Election. It was a very difficult decision since I have been a public representative for almost 29 years. I wish my former Technical Group colleagues, Catherine Connolly, Joan Collins and Thomas Pringle all the very best on February 8th next.”