Eric Byrne TD
Eric Byrne TD has been a public representative since 1985, when he was first elected to Dublin City Council. Since then, he has been re- elected to the Dáil, on three separate occasions serving as a TD from 1989 to 1992 and again from 1994 to 1997. He was re-elected to the 31st Dáil on the 25th of February where he topped the poll. He was at the centre of the famous 1992 ‘Long Count’, when he narrowly missed out on a Dail seat by five votes after three recounts over 10 days. Eric was elected Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin in July 2001, and has committed himself to "representing those Dubliners whose voices have previously gone unheard".
Eric Byrne is known as an activist politician. He spearheaded the campaign to rid Dublin of gaming machines, and more recently succeeded in having Dublin declared a FairTrade capitol.
As well as serving on the Board of Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Eric is a director of Treasure Tots Community Childcare, Ballyfermot, the Dublin 12 Childcare Consortium, and Chairperson of the Social Inclusion Measures (SIM) Group of the City Development Board.
Eric is also Chairperson of the Multi Agency Group for Labre Park, and was a founding member of the Rialto Policing Forum and the Fatima Mansions and Dolphin House Task Forces.
He also serves as Chairperson of the Drimnagh Integrated Area Plan Monitoring Committee.
Eric has put his commitment to international solidarity into action, having served under the auspices of the OSCE as an International Monitor during the 1992 Palestinian Authority elections (based in Jenin) and in Bosnia and Herzegovina (based in Doboj) during the 1997 Registration of Electors. In December 2007, he served as a monitor during the Kyrgyz Republic pre-term parliamentary elections.
More recently, in February 2010, Eric was a Short Term Observer (STO) for OSCE/ODIHR in Ukraine Presidential Election based in Donetsk.
Eric worked as a Buildings Officer for the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee. He is married with two adult daughters.