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Deirdre Clune

Deirdre Clune
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Constituency South
In office
April 2011 – May 2014
Constituency Cultural and Educational Panel
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2007 – February 2011
In office
June 1997 – May 2002
Constituency Cork South–Central
Lord Mayor of Cork
In office
Preceded by Seán Martin
Succeeded by Michael Ahern
Personal details
Born (1959-06-01) 1 June 1959
Cork, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael / EPP
Spouse(s) Conor Clune
Alma mater University College Cork,
Trinity College, Dublin
Website .iedeirdreclune

Deirdre Clune (née Barry; born 1 June 1959) is an Irish Fine Gael politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the South constituency since May 2014. She was previously a member of Seanad Éireann from 2011 to 2014 and was also a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork South–Central constituency.[1]


  • Early life 1
  • Political career 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Clune was educated at Ursuline Convent Cork, and qualified as a Civil and Environmental Engineer from University College Cork and Trinity College, Dublin.

Political career

Clune was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1997 general election succeeding her father, Peter Barry who was retiring. In the Dáil, she was appointed Fine Gael front bench spokesperson on Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands in June 2000 and spokesperson on Environmental and Consumer Affairs from February 2001.

She lost her seat at the 2002 general election. She also contested the 2002 elections to the 22nd Seanad on the Industrial and Commercial Panel, but was unsuccessful.[2]

She was a member of Cork City Council and became the 68th Lord Mayor of Cork on 27 June 2005.

Clune regained her Dáil seat at the 2007 general election. She was party deputy spokesperson on Enterprise with special responsibility for Innovation from 2007 to 2010. In July 2010, she was appointed as party spokesperson on Innovation and Research.[3]

She lost her seat at the 2011 general election to party colleague Jerry Buttimer.[2] She was subsequently elected to Seanad Éireann on the Cultural and Educational Panel in April 2011,[4] where she served as Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation.

At the 2014 European Parliament election, she was elected for the South constituency.

See also


  1. ^ "Ms. Deirdre Clune". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 28 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Deirdre Clune". Retrieved 28 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Bruton & Noonan return to Fine Gael frontbench".  
  4. ^ "FG's Deirdre Clune takes first Seanad seat".  

External links

  • Official website
  • Deirdre Clune's page on the Fine Gael website
  • Deirdre Clune's page on the VoteWatch website
  • European Parliament profile
Preceded by
Peter Barry
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Cork South–Central
Succeeded by
Dan Boyle
(Green Party)
Preceded by
Dan Boyle
(Green Party)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Cork South–Central
Succeeded by
Jerry Buttimer
(Fine Gael)
European Parliament
Preceded by
New seat in constituency
Member of the European Parliament for South
Civic offices
Preceded by
Seán Martin
Lord Mayor of Cork
Succeeded by
Michael Ahern
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