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Gabriel de Mhistéal  Gabriel de Mhistéal 
Gabriel de Mhistéal 
FPE do dháilcheantar Bhaile Átha Cliath ó 2004. | MEP for the Dublin constituency since 2004.


Gabriel de Mhistéal



Is polaiteoir Éireannach é Gabriel de Mhistéal (Béarla: Gabriel 'Gay' Mitchell) (30 Nollaig 1951 a rugadh é). Is iar-Theachta Dála é agus Feisire Pharlaimint na hEorpa reatha é. Is ball d'Fhine Gael é. B'é an t-Ard Mheara Bhaile Átha Cliath. Ainmníodh é ag Fine Gael le páirt a ghlacadh i Toghchán uachtaránachta na hÉireann sa bhliain 2011.







Gabriel "Gay" Mitchell (born 30 December 1951) is an Irish politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Dublin constituency since 2004. He is a member of Fine Gael, part of the European People's Party, and a former Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South–Central constituency from 1981–2007. He was defeated by Enda Kenny in the 2002 Fine Gael leadership election. Mitchell was the Fine Gael candidate at the 2011 Irish presidential election.


Early life

Gabriel Mitchell was born in Inchicore, Dublin in 1951. Mitchell's mother, Eileen, was left a widow with nine children whom she supported by working as an office cleaner. He was educated at St. Michael's Congregation of Christian Brothers, Emmet Road Vocational School, Dublin Institute of Technology, College of Commerce, Queen's University Belfast. His brother, Jim Mitchell, was a long-serving Fine Gael TD and former government minister.


Political career

He first became involved in politics in 1979 as a member of Dublin City Council. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fine Gael TD in the 1981 general election for the Dublin South–Central constituency.


Mitchell is also a former Lord Mayor of Dublin and, while never holding full cabinet rank, has served on the opposition front bench as spokesperson on Health (2000–2002), Foreign Affairs (1997–2000), Justice (1993–1994), Public Service and Constitutional Reform (1991–1992), Tourism and Transport (1989–1991), European Integration (1988–1989), Urban Renewal (1987–1988) and Health Board Reform (1981–1982).


In November 2006, Mitchell announced that he had taken the difficult decision not to contest the 2007 general election and concentrate on his European Parliament seat. Mitchell is a Vice Chair of the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. Mitchell is a member of the European Parliament Committee on Development, the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis and the delegation to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. He is also a substitute member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China. In June 2011, Mitchell refused to release details of his expense and allowance claims as a member of the European Parliament.


In 2011, Mitchell announced his intention to seek the Fine Gael nomination for the Irish presidential election. On 9 July 2011, he was chosen as the Fine Gael candidate at a special convention. Mitchell launched his presidential campaign with Taoiseach Enda Kenny on 3 October 2011. That same day he was involved in controversy when he made a joke about suicide on Newstalk's The Right Hook programme. He promised to "jump off O'Connell Bridge" if he was asked to smile. Founding Secretary of the Irish Association of Suicidology Dr John Connolly described Mitchell's comment as "unfortunate".




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