Pat the Cope Gallagher, T.D., Leas-Cheann Comhairle
Pat the Cope Gallagher is the 20th Leas Cheann Comhairle of Dail Eireann having been elected by secret ballot on the 6th of July 2016. Representing the newly established 5 seater constituency of Donegal, having previously served the constituency of Donegal South West between June 1981 to June 1997 and again between May 2002 to June 2009. In the intervening period he served in the European Parliament between June 1994 to June 2002 and again June 2009 to May 2014.
Pat served as Chairperson of Donegal County Council in 1985/86 having been first elected to the Council in 1979. He also served in various roles - as a Minister of State in the Departments of the Gaeltachta Affairs, Marine, Transport, Environment and Health Promotion.
He is a native Irish speaker and prior to entering politics worked in the fish processing sector, a graduate of the National University of Galway where he obtained a Degree in Commerce. He is married to Ann and resides in Dungloe, Co Donegal.
Private Secretary: Peter Malone
Tel: +353 1 700 2191
Address: Dáil Éireann, Leinster House, Dublin 2, Ireland