Kathleen Lynch (politician)

Kathleen Lynch (Politician)

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Kathleen Lynch (born 7 June 1953) is an Irish Labour Party politician. She is currently a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork North Central constituency and is the Minister of State for Disability, Equality and Mental Health.

Kathleen Lynch was born in Cork. She first became involved in politics in 1985 when she was elected to Cork Corporation for the Workers' Party. She came to prominence as a campaigner against service charges being introduced by the corporation. When that party split in 1992, Lynch and other members of the Cork organisation were initially undecided as to their stance, but she subsequently decided to follow former party president Proinsias De Rossa and the bulk of the party's TDs into the new organisation which later took the name Democratic Left. Lynch was first elected to Dáil Éireann as Democratic Left TD for Cork North Central at a by-election in 1994 caused by the death of Labour Party TD Gerry O'Sullivan. She lost her Dáil seat at the 1997 general election but was re-elected again at the 2002 general election, this time for the Labour Party following the merger of Democratic Left with that party in 1999.

In April 2008 she was involved in a controversy where she wrote a letter testifying the good character of the parents of a man accused of raping two teenage sisters. The man was convicted and sentenced for 13 years. In a statement she said:...
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