Eamon Scanlon

Eamon Scanlon (born 20 September 1954) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Sligo–Leitrim constituency since 2016, and previously from 2007 to 2011 for the Sligo–North Leitrim constituency. He was a Senator for the Agricultural Panel from 2002 to 2007.[1]

Eamon Scanlon

Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
In office
June 2007  February 2011
ConstituencySligo–North Leitrim
In office
12 September 2002  25 May 2007
ConstituencyAgricultural Panel
Personal details
Born (1954-09-20) 20 September 1954
Ballymote, County Sligo, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Ann Killoran
Alma materLetterkenny Institute of Technology

Personal life

Scanlon is a native of Ballymote, County Sligo. He is married to Ann Scanlon and they have six children. He is a butcher by trade and business owner since 1975. Subsequently, he opened a business called 'Eamon Scanlon & Sons Auctioneers, Valuers and Estate Agents'. He is a member of the Governing Body of Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the Ballymote Community Enterprise Board.

Political life

He spent seven years on the National Executive of Fianna Fáil and was the Director of Elections for Matt Brennan. He was a member of Sligo County Council from 1991 to 2003, representing the Ballymote electoral area.[2] He was elected to the 22nd Seanad Éireann by the Agricultural Panel in 2002. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2007 general election for Sligo–North Leitrim.

On 5 August 2009, he (along with fellow Sligo Fianna Fáil TD Jimmy Devins) resigned the party whip over his opposition to cuts in breast cancer services at Sligo University Hospital.[3][4] He rejoined the parliamentary party on 13 January 2011.[5]

He lost his seat at the 2011 general election. His first preference vote had declined from 23.2% in 2007 to 11.4%. He was an unsuccessful candidate at 2011 Seanad election.[2]

He was elected to Sligo County Council for the Ballymote-Tubbercurry area at the 2014 local elections.[2]

He regained his Dáil seat for Fianna Fáil at the 2016 general election.[6]


  1. "Eamon Scanlon". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  2. "Eamon Scanlon". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  3. "FF TDs resign whip over cuts". The Irish Times. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  4. "Joint statement by Dr Jimmy Devins TD and Eamon Scanlon TD". 28 July 2009. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2009.
  5. "Sligo's Scanlon Returned To Fianna Fáil Whip". Sligo Today. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  6. "Election 2016: Eamon Scanlon". RTÉ News. 28 February 2016.
New constituency Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Sligo–North Leitrim
Succeeded by
Michael Colreavy
(Sinn Féin)
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