Eric Byrne

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Eric Byrne (born 21 April 1947) is an Irish Labour Party politician and is currently a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South Central constituency.

He was formerly a member of Sinn Féin the Workers Party, the Workers' Party and Democratic Left. He was educated in the Christian Brothers Synge Street CBS school and Bolton Street College of Technology.

A carpenter before entering politics, Byrne stood unsuccessfully for election to Dáil Éireann as a Workers' Party candidate for Dublin Rathmines West at the 1977 general election and Dublin South Central at the 1981, February 1982, November 1982 and 1987 general elections. He was finally elected at the 1989 general election. He joined with Workers' Party members who formed Democratic Left in 1992. He lost his seat at the 1992 general election – Labour's Pat Upton was unexpectedly returned on the first count, with Byrne finally losing the last seat to Fianna Fáil's Ben Briscoe by five votes after a marathon 10-day count.

He was returned to the 27th Dáil at a by-election on 9 June 1994 following the resignation of long-serving Fianna Fáil TD John......
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