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LYNN MARIA BOYLAN (Irish : Lynn Ní Bhaoighealláin; born 29 November 1976) is an Irish politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Ireland . She is a member of Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
, part of European United Left–Nordic Green Left .

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life

* 2 Career

* 2.1 Dublin
Dublin
* 2.2 MEP

* 3 Personal life * 4 References * 5 External links

EARLY LIFE

Boylan grew up in the Kilnamanagh area of Tallaght
Tallaght
. Initially studying journalism and gaining a certificate, she went on to earn post-graduate qualifications from University College Dublin
Dublin
in Environmental Impact Assessment and European Environmental Conservation Management.

CAREER

In 2005, Boylan moved to County Kerry
County Kerry
while working as a coordinator for the Irish Wildlife Trust at Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park
. That same year she joined Sinn Féin.

Under her Irish-language
Irish-language
name Lynn Ní Bhaoighealláin, she stood at the 2007 general election as the Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
candidate in the Kerry South constituency. With only 3.5% of the first-preference votes, she was eliminated on the first count. At the 2009 local elections , she stood for the Killarney
Killarney
electoral area of Kerry County Council
Kerry County Council
, but was again unsuccessful. She attributed her defeats to being an outsider: "As a Dub in Kerry the odds were stacked against me", she told the Irish Times
Irish Times
in 2014.

DUBLIN

Boylan returned to Dublin
Dublin
in 2011 to work in Ballymun for the Global Action Plan, an environmental initiative funded by Ballymun Regeneration. In 2010, she was appointed as chair of the advisory board of Safefood .

In September 2013, Boylan was selected as the Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
candidate for the Dublin
Dublin
constituency at the European Parliament
European Parliament
election in May 2014 . She then left her job, and as a candidate was paid a wage by Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
while she went canvassing three or four times a day.

Boylan began her campaign "practically anonymous", according to Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
. By April, Boylan was still described by the Irish Independent
Irish Independent
newspaper as a "political unknown". Instead of raising her media profile, Boylan's campaign concentrated on canvassing , mostly door-to-door rather than the busier shopping centres.

Despite the lack of media exposure, by late May the polls showed Boylan in the lead. After voting on 23 May, Boylan won 23.6% of the first preference votes, and was elected on the third count.

As the election count pointed towards Boylan's win, the Fianna Fáil candidate Mary Fitzpatrick asked: "Who could have said somebody would come from nowhere, no track record in Dublin, and still take the lead and steal the first seat and probably have a surplus?"

MEP

Boylan has been one of the most prominent campaigners for the release of Ibrahim Halawa , an Irish citizen from Firhouse
Firhouse
in South Dublin
Dublin
who has been imprisoned in Egypt since 2013, and been adopted by Amnesty International
Amnesty International
as a prisoner of conscience . In March 2015, Boylan described Halawa as an "Irish-speaking, GAA -playing Dublin lad", and asked if the Irish Government would do more if his name was "Paddy Murphy". In December 2015, Boylan sponsored a motion in the European Parliament
European Parliament
calling Halawa's release. She introduced his two sisters to the Parliament before the vote, which passed by over 560 votes to 11.

PERSONAL LIFE

Boylan is the partner of Eoin Ó Broin , who has been the Sinn Féin TD for Dublin
Dublin
Mid-West since 2016.

REFERENCES

* ^ McGee, Harry (26 May 2014). " Lynn Boylan
Lynn Boylan
is first MEP to be elected in Dublin". Irish Times. Retrieved 26 May 2014. (Subscription required (help)). * ^ A B C Moloney, Mark (2 January 2014). "Running for an all-Ireland team in Europe - Dublin
Dublin
EU candidate talks to An Phoblacht". An Phoblacht . Retrieved 26 May 2014. * ^ A B C D E Lord, Miriam (22 May 2014). "The Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
candidate who is making a name for herself". Irish Times
Irish Times
. Retrieved 16 June 2016. * ^ A B C "Lynn Boylan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 16 June 2016. * ^ A B "Lynn Boylan". Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
website. Retrieved 16 June 2016. * ^ A B C Caroline, O’Doherty (22 May 2014). "Opposition finds Boylan’s victory hard to swallow". Irish Examiner
Irish Examiner
. Retrieved 26 May 2014. * ^ A B C Clifford, Michael (22 May 2014). "Lynn Boylan: The new Mary Lou?". Irish Examiner
Irish Examiner
. Retrieved 26 May 2014. * ^ Drennan, John (27 April 2014). "\'Cinderella girl\' looks likely to claim capital as respectable face of Sinn Fein Nua". Irish Independent . Retrieved 16 June 2016. * ^ Brennan, Colin (2 June 2016). "Irishman Ibrahim Halawa reveals \'gruesome tortures\' in Egyptian prison hell". Irish Mirror . Retrieved 16 June 2016. * ^ A B "MEPs pass resolution seeking Halawa release". RTÉ News
RTÉ News
. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2016. * ^ "Free Ibrahim Halawa". Amnesty International
Amnesty International
. Archived from the original on 6 April 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016. * ^ McGreevy, Ronan (27 March 2015). "Halawa family call for public support to get brother released". Irish Times
Irish Times
. Retrieved 16 June 2016. * ^ Holland, Kitty (27 February 2016). "Profile: Eoin Ó Broin (SF)". Irish Times
Irish Times
. Retrieved 16 June 2016.

EXTERNAL LINKS

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