Lisa Chambers (born 24 August 1986) is an Irish politician and barrister, who served as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the Mayo constituency from 2016 to 2020.[1]

Lisa Chambers
Lisa Chambers (official portrait).jpg
Lisa Chambers in February 2017
Teachta Dála
In office
February 2016 – February 2020
ConstituencyMayo
Personal details
Born (1986-08-24) 24 August 1986 (age 33)
Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFianna Fáil
Alma mater
Websitelisachambers.ie
Military service
Allegiance Ireland
Branch/serviceBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army Reserve
Years of service2003–2016
RankIE-Army-OF1b.png Second lieutenant
UnitBadge of the Irish Cavalry Corps.svg Cavalry Corps
AwardsIRL Service Medal FCÁ and SM - gold stripe.svg Service Medal
1916 Centenary Commemorative Medal.png Centenary Medal

Chambers is from Castlebar. She practises as a barrister, running her own practice in the town. She holds a professional bar qualification from the King's Inns, a Masters in Commercial Law from University College, Dublin (UCD), and a graduate degree in Commerce and Law from NUI Galway (NUIG).[2][3]

She was an unsuccessful candidate at the 2011 general election for the Mayo constituency.[4] She was a member of Mayo County Council on being elected at the 2014 local elections, until her election to the Dáil in 2016.[5] She is not related to fellow Fianna Fáil politicians Frank Chambers[6] or Jack Chambers.[7]

Chambers was a member of the Reserve Defence Forces (RDF) for 13 years, having joined as a teenager during secondary school. She was commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserve in November 2012, serving as a second lieutenant with the 54th Reserve Cavalry Squadron (Longford), but was required to relinquish her service upon being elected to the Dáil.[8][9]

She was appointed Spokesperson on Defence in the Fianna Fáil Front Bench on 18 May 2016, succeeding Seán Ó Fearghaíl who had been elected Ceann Comhairle of the 32nd Dáil.[10] She was later given the Brexit portfolio in a reshuffle. She lost her seat at the 2020 general election after 4 years in the Dáil.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lisa Chambers". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  2. ^ "About". Lisa Chambers. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  3. ^ Flynn, Anne Marie; McNulty, Anton (8 February 2011). "Chambers 'proud and honoured' to join FF ticket". The Mayo News. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Lisa Chambers". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Election 2016: Chambers". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 28 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Lisa i have not quit fianna fil [sic]". The Connaught Telegraph. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2016. This is a different lady and is not a relation of mine. ... She is the daughter of former Fianna Fáil Senator Frank Chambers
  7. ^ Dillon, Fiona (March 2016). "'I will get my hair cut when I get a chance' – Fianna Fail TD Jack Chambers on social media abuse". Irish Independent. Retrieved 8 March 2016. One of the other new Fianna Fail TDs to be elected under the age of 30 is Lisa Chambers (29) from Castlebar, but they are not directly related, even though they would both have some family roots in the town of Newport.
  8. ^ McQuinn, Cormac (10 March 2016). "Meet your 52 new TDs: lawyers, teachers, a techno DJ". Irish Independent. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  9. ^ O'Connell, Hugh (16 March 2016). "The Fianna Fáil surge: How this new TD upset the odds in Enda's backyard". thejournal.ie. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  10. ^ "New Mayo TD Lisa is in FF's shadow cabinet". The Connaught Telegraph. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016.

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