Brendan Ryan (Dublin politician)

Brendan Ryan (born 5 February 1953) is a former Irish Labour Party politician who served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 2011 to 2020. He was a Senator for the Administrative Panel from 2007 to 2011.[1]

Brendan Ryan
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Teachta Dála
In office
February 2016 – February 2020
ConstituencyDublin Fingal
In office
February 2011 – February 2016
ConstituencyDublin North
In office
27 July 2007 – 25 February 2011
ConstituencyAdministrative Panel
Personal details
Born (1953-02-05) 5 February 1953 (age 67)
Donabate, Dublin, Ireland
Political partyLabour Party
Spouse(s)Margie Monks
RelationsSeán Ryan (Brother)
Alma mater

Originally from the Donabate/Portrane area, he lives in Skerries, since he married in the late 1970s. He is a younger brother of Seán Ryan, a former TD for Dublin North. He was educated at Dublin Institute of Technology, University College Dublin and Dublin City University, receiving a degree in chemistry and master's degrees in food science and business administration. He has worked as an operations manager. An unsuccessful candidate at the 2007 general election for Dublin North, he was then elected to the Administrative Panel of Seanad Éireann and served from 2007 to 2011.[2] An active member of the Labour Party since 1978, however, he had never held any elected office or public role before his election to the Seanad. His campaign literature claims he "sought the party nomination to take a more pro-active approach".

In 2011, he was elected to the Dáil for the first time. He was one of only seven Labour Party TDs returned to the Dáil at the 2016 general election. Of the other six, four were outgoing ministers and the other two were Ministers of State during the 31st Dáil.

On 8 January 2020, he announced that he would not be contesting the next general election.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Brendan Ryan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Brendan Ryan". Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Labour TD Brendan Ryan will not contest general election". RTÉ News. 8 January 2020.

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Preceded by
Darragh O'Brien
(Fianna Fáil)
Labour Party Teachta Dála for Dublin North
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
New constituency
Labour Party Teachta Dála for Dublin Fingal
Succeeded by
Duncan Smith
(Labour Party)