Election 2020: Sean Haughey (Fianna Fáil)

Dublin Bay North candidate elected on 14th count

Sean Haughey at the Dublin Bay North count in the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sean Haughey at the Dublin Bay North count in the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke

 

The scandal over TDs voting for absent colleagues meant Sean Haughey (58) got a promotion, from spokesman on European Affairs to foreign affairs spokesman, after Niall Collins lost his role in the wake of the controversy.

The son of late former taoiseach Charlie Haughey, he was a Senator for five years from 1987 before being elected to the Dáil in 1992, a role he held until 2011. He also held a number of minister of state portfolios, including in adult education, youth affairs and educational disadvantage as well as lifelong learning and school transport.

When he lost his seat after the economic meltdown, he successfully ran for Dublin City Council in 2014 and then won back his Dáil seat in 2016.

The low-key TD is well informed on European matters and Brexit in his Dáil contributions. He is a prodigious worker in the constituency, where the family name both helps and hinders.

He was educated at St Paul’s College, Raheny, and studied economics and politics at Trinity College Dublin. He is married with four children and is a member of Parnells GAA Club.