Declan Breathnach

Declan Breathnach (born 3 June 1958) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician who was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Louth constituency from 2016 to 2020.[1][2]

Declan Breathnach
Declan Breathnach 2016.jpg
Teachta Dála
In office
February 2016 – February 2020
Louth County Councillor
In office
June 1991 – February 2016
ConstituencyDundalk South
Personal details
Born (1958-06-03) 3 June 1958 (age 61)
Knockbridge, County Louth, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Dorothy Breathnach
(m. 1981; div. 2007)
Alma materSt Patrick's College, Dublin

A native of Knockbridge, Dundalk, Breathnach was educated at Dundalk CBS (now Coláiste Rís) and St Patrick's College (which has become a part of Dublin City University) where he earned a Bachelor of Education. He has worked within primary schools for 25 years as a teacher and principal.[3]

Political CareerEdit

Breathnach has been a member of Fianna Fáil since his early teens. He has served as a Cumann Secretary, member of the officer board of Louth Comhairle Dáil Ceantair (constituency council) and as the Louth constituency representative on the Fianna Fáil National Executive, a position held up until his election as a Louth County Councillor in 1991. Since Breathnach's first election to Louth County Council in 1991, he successfully retained his seat for 25 years, across 5 elections.[4]

He served as Joint Chairperson of the Memorandum of Association between Down Council and Louth Council from 2010 to 2015. He has also been a member of the East Border Regions committee. He has also served as the Chairperson of the Louth County Council Special Policy Group on Infrastructure, European and Cross-Border Matters.[citation needed]

Breathnach served as a Louth County Councillor until 2016. He successfully contested the Louth constituency at 2016 general election, receiving 9,099 first preference votes (13.5%).[2][5] He previously contested the Louth constituency at 2011 general election but was not elected.[6]

Breathnach is Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on North-South Bodies & Cross-Border Co-Operation and is also Vice-Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. He also serves as Vice-Chairperson of the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly.[citation needed]

Breathnach lost his Dáil seat at the 2020 general election, leaving the Louth constituency without a Fianna Fáil TD for the first time.


  1. ^ "Election 2016: Declan Breathnach". RTÉ News. 28 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "32nd Dáil - Louth First Preference Votes". Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Declan Breathnach TD". Fianna Fáil. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Declan Breathnach". Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Declan Breathnach". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  6. ^ "31st Dáil - Louth First Preference Votes". Retrieved 23 January 2020.

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