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Michael Paschal Kitt (born 17 May 1950) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Leas-Cheann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann from 2011 to 2016, Minister of State for Local Services from 2008 to 2011, Minister of State for Overseas Development from 2007 to 2008 and Chief of staff at the Department of the Taoiseach from 1991–92. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway East constituency from 1975–77, 1981–2002, and 2007–16. He was a Senator from 2002 to 2007, upon being Nominated by the Taoiseach and from 1977 to 1981 for the Administrative Panel.[1]

Michael P. Kitt
Leas-Cheann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann
In office
31 March 2011 – 3 February 2016
Ceann ComhairleSeán Barrett
Preceded byBrendan Howlin
Succeeded byPat "the Cope" Gallagher
Minister of State for Local Services
In office
7 May 2008 – 9 March 2011
TaoiseachBrian Cowen
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Minister of State for Overseas Development
In office
20 June 2007 – 13 May 2008
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
Preceded byConor Lenihan
Succeeded byPeter Power
Chief of staff at the Department of the Taoiseach
In office
21 April 1991 – 10 February 1992
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byDermot Cronin
Succeeded byHilda Ryan
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2007 – February 2016
In office
June 1981 – May 2002
ConstituencyGalway East
In office
4 March 1975 – June 1977
ConstituencyGalway North-East
Senator
In office
12 September 2002 – 21 May 2007
ConstituencyNominated by the Taoiseach
In office
23 October 1977 – 17 June 1981
ConstituencyAdministrative Panel
Personal details
Born
Michael Paschal Kitt

(1950-05-17) 17 May 1950 (age 69)
Tuam, County Galway, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFianna Fáil
Relations
EducationSt Jarlath's College, Tuam
Alma mater

Born in Tuam, County Galway, Kitt was educated St Jarlath's College, Tuam; St Patrick's College of Education, Dublin; University College Dublin and University College Galway. He qualified as a teacher before becoming involved in politics.[citation needed]

In 1975, following the death of his father, also named Michael Kitt, he was elected to succeed his father on Galway County Council. In the Galway North-East by-election on 4 March he was elected to the 20th Dáil, being returned on the first count with a 7% majority over the Fine Gael candidate Paul Connaughton Snr.[citation needed]

Kitt lost his Dáil seat at the 1977 general election but was subsequently elected to Seanad Éireann by the Administrative Panel, serving until 1981 as a member of the 14th Seanad. He was re-elected to the Dáil at the 1981 general election for the new Galway East and retained his seat until 2002.[2]

During this period he served as a Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach for three months from November 1991 to February 1992. He lost his Dáil seat at the 2002 general election but was subsequently nominated by the Taoiseach to serve as a member of the 22nd Seanad. He was re-elected to the Dáil at the 2007 general election. In June 2007, he was appointed as Minister of State for Overseas Development. In May 2008, he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (with special responsibility for Local Services). He served in this position until April 2009 when he was dropped in a reshuffle.

Michael Kitt comes from a family with a strong political background. He is a son of Michael Kitt Snr, who was a TD for various Galway constituencies (1948–1951 and 1957–1975), and a brother of Tom Kitt, a former TD for Dublin South, and of Áine Brady, a former TD for Kildare North. His brother-in-law Gerry Brady also served as TD for Kildare in 1982.

On 31 March 2011, he was appointed as the Leas-Cheann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny.[3]

He did not contest the 2016 general election and retired from politics.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mr Michael P. Kitt". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Michael Kitt". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
  3. ^ McGee, Harry (1 April 2011). "FF TD selected by Taoiseach to serve as Leas-Cheann Comhairle". The Irish Times.
  4. ^ "Leas-Cheann Comhairle to stand down at election". RTÉ News. 4 September 2015.
Oireachtas
Preceded by
Michael F. Kitt
Thomas Hussey
John Donnellan
Teachta Dála for Galway North-East
1975–1977
With: Thomas Hussey 1975–77
John Donnellan 1975–77
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Thomas Hussey
Johnny Callanan
John Donnellan
Teachta Dála for Galway East
1981–2002
With: Paul Connaughton Snr 1981–2002
Johnny Callanan 1981–82
Noel Treacy 1982–2002
Ulick Burke 1997–2002
Succeeded by
Paul Connaughton Snr
Joe Callanan
Noel Treacy
Paddy McHugh
Preceded by
Paul Connaughton Snr
Joe Callanan
Noel Treacy
Paddy McHugh
Teachta Dála for Galway East
2007–2016
With: Paul Connaughton Snr 2007–11
Noel Treacy 2007–11
Ulick Burke 2007–11
Paul Connaughton Jnr 2011–16
Colm Keaveney 2011–16
Ciarán Cannon 2011–16
Succeeded by
Ciarán Cannon
Seán Canney
Anne Rabbitte
Political offices
Preceded by
Conor Lenihan
Minister of State for Overseas Development
2007–08
Succeeded by
Peter Power
New office Minister of State for Local Services
2008–09
Succeeded by
Michael Finneran
Preceded by
Brendan Howlin
Leas-Cheann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann
2011–16
Succeeded by
Pat "the Cope" Gallagher