Mildred Fox (born 17 June 1971) is a former Irish Independent politician. She was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Wicklow constituency from 1995 to 2007.[2]

Mildred Fox
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1995 – May 2007
Personal details
Born (1971-06-17) 17 June 1971 (age 51)
Political partyIndependent
SpouseDaryl Tighe[1]
Alma materUniversity College Dublin

Private lifeEdit

She was educated at St. Kilian's Community School in Bray and is a graduate of University College Dublin holding a BA degree. Before becoming a TD, she worked as a hotel manager. She is married with four children.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

During the 1997–2002 Dáil she gained some notability as she, and other independent TDs, supported the government which otherwise would not have had an overall majority. Before and after this period she was little known outside Wicklow. She was also a member of Wicklow County Council from 1995 to 2003, when she vacated her seat in favour of her brother, Christopher, when the dual mandate ended.[citation needed]

She was first elected to the 27th Dáil at the Wicklow by-election in June 1995 following the death of her father, sitting independent TD Johnny Fox. She was re-elected at the 1997 general election and again at the 2002 general election.[3] On both occasions, she was the last candidate to reach the quota. In 2002 she was elected by an extremely narrow margin of 19 votes over the Labour Party candidate Nicky Kelly. She retired at the 2007 general election for "family reasons".[4] Fox wished to spend more time with her children, telling The Irish Times in 2010 that "the family had to come first."[1]

After retiring from politics, Fox started an ice cream business, and has volunteered at a local charity shop. She sings with the country band The Whipperwills.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Mildred Fox: Politician Turned Ice-cream Maker". The Irish Times. Dublin. 5 August 2010. Archived from the original on 22 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Mildred Fox". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Mildred Fox". Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Fox & Mitchell not standing in election". RTÉ News. 24 November 2006. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014.
  5. ^ Bray, Allison (8 November 2015). "Former TD Mildred Fox jumps on the band wagon and keeps it country". Sunday Independent. Dublin. Archived from the original on 5 May 2016.
Preceded by Independent Teachta Dála for Wicklow
Succeeded by
Honorary titles
Preceded by Baby of the Dáil
Succeeded by