Peter Fitzpatrick

Peter Fitzpatrick (born 11 May 1962) is an Irish independent politician and former sportsman. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Louth constituency since the 2011 general election.[1][2] He was a former soldier in the 27 Infantry Battalion[3] and also a former manager of Louth Gaelic football team.

Peter Fitzpatrick

Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2011
ConstituencyLouth
Personal details
Born (1962-05-11) 11 May 1962
Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyIndependent (since 2018)
Other political
affiliations
Fine Gael (2011–18)
Military service
Allegiance Ireland
Branch/service Army
Years of service1987-1990
Unit27 Infantry Battalion
Peter Fitzpatrick
Personal information
Sport Gaelic football
Position Left half Back
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Inter-county(ies)
Years County
1981–1995
Louth
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 1
All Stars 0
Personal information
SportGaelic football
Inter-county management
Years County
2009–2012 Louth

Sporting career

As a player, Fitzpatrick won a Leinster Under 21 Championship in 1981.

Fitzpatrick was appointed the manager of Louth in November 2009, succeeding Eamonn McEneaney, the former Monaghan footballer and manager. His first season in charge of Louth proved to be historic as the team reached their first Leinster final in 50 years. The 2010 Leinster Senior Football Championship Final pitted them against Meath. Louth almost won but for referee Martin Sludden, who allowed a controversial goal by Joe Sheridan late in the game. Louth subsequently entered the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship through the "back door". However, the team lost heavily to Dublin in their next game, thus ending the county's 2010 championship season.

The 2011 season proved to be a good start throughout the league. Louth qualified for the Division 3 Final where they faced Westmeath. The final proved to be a very tense but bright finish as Louth ran out winners on a scoreline of 1-15 to 0-13.

He quit in 2012 after 3 years.[4]

Managerial honours

  • Louth – National League 3: 2011

Political career

Fitzpatrick allowed his name to go forward for a nomination for Fine Gael ahead of the 2011 general election.[5] He was elected as a Fine Gael Teachta Dála (TD) for Louth.[6][7] In Dáil Éireann he sits on the Committee for Transport, Tourism and Sport, and previously on the Health committee.[8]

He supported the Pro-Life side in the 2018 abortion referendum.[9] In August 2018, he announced that he would not contest the next general election for Fine Gael.[9] In October 2018, he announced he would seek re-election as an independent and resigned from Fine Gael.[10]

References

  1. "Peter Fitzpatrick". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  2. Collins, Stephen (2011). Nealon's Guide to the 31st Dáil and 24th Seanad. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. p. 149. ISBN 9780717150595.
  3. "Louth's Fitzpatrick calls for Government action on Defence Forces pay and conditions". Dundalk Democrat. 5 April 2019.
  4. "Fitzpatrick quits as Louth manager". The Irish Times. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  5. "Fitzpatrick opts to seek nomination – Louth senior football boss allows name to go forward". The Dundalk Democrat. 25 January 2011. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  6. "Louth – Election 2011". RTÉ News. Archived from the original on 28 February 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  7. "Peter Fitzpatrick". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  8. "Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport - Membership". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  9. "Peter Fitzpatrick to stand down as Fine Gael TD at next election". The Irish Times. 10 August 2018.
  10. Murray, Sean. "Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick resigns from party". TheJournal.ie. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
Oireachtas
New seat Teachta Dála for Louth
2011–present
Incumbent
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Eamonn McEneaney
Louth Senior Football Manager
2009–2012
Succeeded by
Aidan O'Rourke
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