John Browne (Fianna Fáil politician)

John Browne (born 1 August 1948) is an Irish former Fianna Fáil politician. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Wexford constituency from 1982 to 2016.[1] He is a former Minister of State, serving in various roles from 1992 to 1994, and 2002 to 2008.

John Browne
Minister of State
2007–2008Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
2006–2007Communications, Marine and Natural Resources
2004–2006Agriculture and Food
2002–2004Communications, Marine and Natural Resources
1993–1994Environment
1992–1993Agriculture and Food
Teachta Dála
In office
November 1982 – February 2016
ConstituencyWexford
Personal details
Born (1948-08-01) 1 August 1948 (age 75)
Marshalstown, County Wexford, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
SpouseJudy Doyle
Children4, including James
RelativesSeán Browne (uncle)

Early and private life

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John Browne was born in Marshalstown, County Wexford in 1948.[2] He was educated locally at St Mary's Christian Brothers School in Enniscorthy.[2] Browne worked as a salesman and an oil truck driver before becoming involved in politics and also played hurling for the Wexford county team.[2][3]

Browne is married to Judy and they have three children, a fourth child now deceased.[4] His uncle Seán Browne, was also a TD, who was first elected in 1957. He retired due to ill health.[5] John Browne topped the poll in the constituency of Wexford on a number of occasions.[5]

Political career

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Browne first held political office in 1979 when he was elected to Enniscorthy Urban District Council and to Wexford County Council.[2] Browne was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the November 1982 general election for the constituency of Wexford and has been re-elected at every election since.[6]

Over his career Browne has held a number of government and opposition positions. Not long after his election he was appointed assistant Chief Whip.[2] When Fianna Fáil returned to office in 1987 he remained on the backbenches. When Albert Reynolds became Taoiseach in 1992, he appointed Browne as Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food with special responsibility for the Food Industry.[2] When a new government was formed in January 1993, he was appointed as Minister of State at the Environment with special responsibility for Environmental Protection, serving in that position until 1994.[citation needed]

In 1997, Fianna Fáil returned to office; Browne, however, remained on the backbenches. In 2002 he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources with special responsibility for the Marine.[2] In a 2004 reshuffle, Bertie Ahern appointed Browne as Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food, with special responsibility for Forestry. In a junior ministerial reshuffle in February 2006, Browne was appointed again as Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources with special responsibility for the Marine. Browne has also served as chairman of a number of Oireachtas Committees, including, Agriculture, Marine, Social Affairs, and Finance.[citation needed] After the 2007 general election, he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with special responsibility for Fisheries, serving in a similar role after a transfer of ministerial functions.[2]

On 13 May 2008, after Brian Cowen became Taoiseach, Browne was not appointed to any ministerial position.[citation needed]

Browne was involved in controversy in November 2011 when it emerged that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform incorrectly paid him a pension from his time as a junior minister at the Department of Agriculture worth €7,396.31 despite still being a sitting TD. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform apologised to the TD for the embarrassment caused to him.[7]

Browne retired at the 2016 general election.[8] His son James Browne was elected at that election, and in 2020, was appointed as a Minister of State.

References

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  1. ^ "John Browne". Oireachtas Members Database. Archived from the original on 8 July 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Profile of John Browne". Fianna Fáil website. Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Legal eagle flying high in hectic world of politics". independent. Retrieved 21 October 2022.
  4. ^ "John Browne Fianna Fáil". New Ross Standard. 23 May 2007. Archived from the original on 20 November 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Browne celebrates 22 years at the top". Gorey Guardian. 19 May 2005. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  6. ^ "John Browne". ElectionsIreland.org. Archived from the original on 10 September 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2008.
  7. ^ "FF TD receives ministerial pension "in error"". RTÉ News. 14 November 2011. Archived from the original on 14 November 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Fianna Fáil TD John Browne will not contest the next election". The Irish Times. 29 September 2015. Archived from the original on 1 October 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food
1992–1993
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of State at the Department of the Environment
1993–1994
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of State for the Marine
2002–2004
Succeeded by
New office Minister of State for Forestry
2004–2006
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of State for the Marine
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Himself
as Minister of State for Fisheries
Preceded by
Himself
as Minister of State for the Marine
Minister of State for Fisheries
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Chairman of the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party
2009–2016
Succeeded by