Alan Farrell

Alan Farrell (born 29 December 1977) is an Irish Fine Gael politician, who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Fingal constituency since the 2011 general election. He previously served as a TD for the Dublin North constituency from 2011 to 2016.[1]

Alan Farrell

Chair of the Committee on Children and Youth Affairs
Assumed office
8 July 2017
Preceded byJim Daly
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
ConstituencyDublin Fingal
In office
February 2011  February 2016
ConstituencyDublin North
Personal details
Born (1977-12-29) 29 December 1977
Malahide, Dublin, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Emma Doyle (m. 2010)
Children2
Alma materDublin City University
Websitealanfarrell.ie

Political career

Farrell served as a Fingal County Councillor from 2004 to 2011 and as Mayor of Fingal from 2007 to 2008.[2][3][4]

31st Dáil

In the 31st Dáil (2011–2016) Farrell was a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality and Defence and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform. He was also the chairperson of the Fine Gael Committee on Public Expenditure & Reform from 2011 to 2013 and the Fine Gael Committee on Justice, Defense & Equality from 2013 to 2016.

Farrell was the subject of controversy after he hired his wife, Emma Doyle, as his temporary parliamentary assistant for four months in the Dáil. This was just two weeks after she was rejected by Farrell's Malahide Fine Gael Party branch as his replacement on Fingal County Council in 2011. Parliamentary assistants salaries range between €41,092 and €52,200 per year, which is paid for by the State.[5]

In 2013, Farrell was appointed Head of the Irish Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny. [6]

In October 2013, he referred to singer Sinéad O'Connor as being "mad as a brush", in a tweet. He later issued a brief apology via his website and later deleted the apology.[7]

32nd Dáil

Farrell was re-elected at the 2016 general election.[8] In the 32nd Dáil (2016–present) Farrell is a member of the Public Account Committee and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality. Farrell was reappointed as Head of Delegation to the OSCE PA following the formation of Government.[9] He was appointed Chair of the Committee on Children and Youth Affairs in July 2017.

Controversy

Farrell took Hertz Rent A Car to court after one of its vehicles knocked against his Audi A6 while its driver was engaged in an encounter with a spider which crawled along her arm at a traffic stop. Farrell claimed to have experienced neck and shoulder injuries as a result of the collision, which occurred in Drumcondra on 9 April 2015. In 2018, a photograph - showing Farrell at the time he was supposed to have been injured holding a poster of himself on an electricity pole while standing on a ladder in Skerries - was shown in Dublin District Court. Judge Michael Coghlan looked unfavourably on the personal injuries claim, ruling that Farrell had not sustained a "significant injury" and awarding him a total of €2,500. Judge Coghlan also noted in court that a separate claim by Farrell for material damage to his car had been relinquished since the accident. Photographs taken by the driver at the scene (none were produced by Farrell) were shown to the court and some difficulty was had in locating the precise damage to Farrell's motor car.[10] The Sunday Independent suggested the case "raises serious questions about Mr Farrell's judgment", contrasting it with insurance problems for motorists and referring to past remarks made by Farrell on Ireland's supposed "compo culture".[11]

In November 2018, Farrell spoke publicly about his lifelong battle against insomnia, which often keeps him awake until 4 am. Farrell's insomnia first occurred, he has said, when he was "five or six".[12]

References

Oireachtas
Preceded by
Michael Kennedy
(Fianna Fáil)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Dublin North
2011–2016
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
New constituency
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Dublin Fingal
2016–present
Incumbent
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