The Info List - Síle De Valera

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Síle de Valera (Irish pronunciation: [ˈʃiːlʲə ˌdɛvəˈlɛrə]) (born 17 December 1954) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Minister of State for Adult Education, Youth Affairs and Educational Disadvantage and Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht
and the Islands from 1997 to 2002. She served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1977 to 1981 and 1987 to 2007. She was a Member of the European Parliament
Member of the European Parliament
(MEP) for the Dublin
constituency from 1979 to 1984.[1]


1 Early and personal life 2 Political career 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Early and personal life[edit] Síle de Valera was born in 1954, in Dublin, Ireland. She was educated at Loreto College in Foxrock
and at University College Dublin, where she qualified as a career guidance teacher. Síle de Valera comes from a famous political family. She is the granddaughter of Éamon de Valera, the founder of Fianna Fáil, former Taoiseach
and third President of Ireland. She is a niece of the former TD Vivion de Valera and is a first cousin of Teachta Dála Éamon Ó Cuív. Political career[edit] She was first elected to Dáil Éireann in the Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil
landslide victory at the 1977 general election. She was elected for the Dublin County Mid constituency, which included the Tallaght
area of County Dublin, being the youngest TD elected at that election. In June 1979, she was elected to the European Parliament, for a five-year term. Later that year, she was one of the Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil
TDs who criticised the policies of Taoiseach
Jack Lynch, in relation to Northern Ireland and was a prominent supporter of Charles Haughey, who succeeded him as Taoiseach
in December 1979. She was highly critical of Margaret Thatcher and the UK Government. She became a noted supporter of the Anti H-Block movement. She called on nationalists to vote for Bobby Sands in the 1981 by-election which he won. She also called on Fianna Fáil voters to give preference votes for Anti H-Block candidates in the 1981 general election election, a comment which caused controversy. She held her Dáil seat until the 1981 general election, when the constituency boundaries were redrawn. She sought re-election in the new constituency of Dublin
South. This caused tension within the Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil
party locally, as one of the other candidates, Séamus Brennan, was a prominent opponent of Haughey. De Valera polled relatively well at that election, but narrowly failed to get elected, losing to another Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil
candidate, Niall Andrews. She contested the constituency again at the February 1982 general election, but saw her vote drop and once again failed to be elected. At the November 1982 general election she decided not to seek re-election in Dublin
South or in any Dublin
constituency, transferring instead to the Clare constituency, where one of the sitting TDs, Bill Loughnane (a fellow supporter of Haughey), had died. Clare was the constituency that her grandfather, Éamon de Valera, had represented from 1917 to 1959. Again, she narrowly failed to get elected, but remained living in the constituency, and at the 1987 general election she was elected a TD for Clare and was re-elected at every election until her retirement in 2007.[2] De Valera resigned briefly from Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil
in 1993, due to the removal of the 'stopover' at Shannon Airport. When she was persuaded to rejoin the party in 1994 by the new leader, Bertie Ahern. He then appointed her to the opposition front bench. In 1997, she became Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht
and the Islands. In 2002, she lost her place in the cabinet, but took office as a Minister of State. Her government office was Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science, with special responsibility for Adult Education, Youth Affairs and Educational Disadvantage. On 11 November 2005, she announced her intention to stand down from Dáil Éireann at the following election. She resigned as a Minister of State on 8 December 2006 and was replaced by a member of another Irish political family, Seán Haughey. See also[edit]

Families in the Oireachtas


^ "Ms. Síle de Valera". Oireachtas
Members Database. Retrieved 21 July 2010.  ^ "Síle de Valera". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 

External links[edit]

Personal profile of Síle de Valera in the European Parliament's database of members


New constituency Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil
Teachta Dála for Dublin
County Mid 1977–1981 Constituency abolished

Preceded by Bill Loughnane (Fianna Fáil) Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil
Teachta Dála for Clare 1987–2007 Succeeded by Timmy Dooley (Fianna Fáil)

Political offices

Preceded by Michael D. Higgins Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht
and the Islands 1997–2002 Succeeded by Éamon Ó Cuív

Preceded by Willie O'Dea Minister of State for Adult Education, Youth Affairs and Educational Disadvantage 2002–2006 Succeeded by Seán Haughey

Honorary titles

Preceded by Enda Kenny Baby of the Dáil 1977–1979 Succeeded by Myra Barry

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Neil Blaney (IFF / CDI) Seán Flanagan (FF / EPD) Joe McCartin
Joe McCartin
(FG / EPP)


Síle de Valera (FF / EPD) John O'Connell1 (LAB / PES) Michael O'Leary2 (LAB / PES) Richie Ryan (FG / EPP)


Mark Clinton (FG / EPP) Liam Kavanagh3 (LAB / PES) Patrick Lalor (FF / EPD)


Jerry Cronin (FF / EPD) Noel Davern (FF / EPD) Eileen Desmond4 (LAB / PES) T. J. Maher (IND / LD) Tom O'Donnell (FG / EPP)

1Subst. by John Horgan5 (LAB / PES) on 21 October 1981 2Subst. by Frank Cluskey6 (LAB / PES) on 1 July 1981 3Subst. by Séamus Pattison7 (LAB / PES) on 9 July 1981 4Subst. by Seán Treacy (LAB / PES) on 9 July 1981

5Subst. by Flor O'Mahony
Flor O'Mahony
(LAB / PES) on 2 March 1983 6Subst. by Brendan Halligan (LAB / PES) on 2 March 1983 7Subst. by Justin Keating (LAB / PES) on 8 February 1984

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Ahern Cabinet (1997–2002)

Taoiseach: Bertie Ahern

Dermot Ahern David Andrews Ray Burke Brian Cowen Noel Dempsey Síle de Valera Frank Fahey Mary Harney Charlie McCreevy Jim McDaid Micheál Martin John O'Donoghue Mary O'Rourke Michael Smith Joe Walsh Michael Woods

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 21641605