Pat Upton

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Pat Upton (1 September 1944 – 22 February 1999) was an Irish veterinarian and a senior Labour Party politician.

He was born in Kilrush, County Clare and educated at St Flannan's College in Ennis, at University College Galway, and at University College Dublin where he received a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He then worked as a lecturer.

Political career

Upton was first elected to public office as a Labour member of Dublin County Council for Terenure in the 1991 local elections, where he served until the Council's abolition in 1994.

He had unsuccessfully contested the constituency of Dublin South Central at the 1989 general election. However, he was then elected to the 11th Seanad on the Agricultural Panel, and became the Labour Party's leader in Seanad Éireann.

At the 1992 general election, he stood again in Dublin South Central, and in Labour's "Spring Tide" surge at that election, Upton topped the poll with nearly 12,000 first-preference votes, a remarkable 1.48 quotas. He was re-elected at the 1997 general election with a considerably reduced vote.

In the 28th Dáil he was appointed as Labour's spokesperson on spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Law Reform. A leading critic of Labour's 1999 merger with the Democratic Left, he nonetheless became the party's spokesman on...
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