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C. Flower
15-03-2014, 09:56 PM
Second in our series of threads on the eminences grises of Irish politics - the people who are not elected politicians and who are generally behind the scenes, but who nevertheless have more influence over their party than do many elected politicians.

Brendan Halligan's name is cropping up a lot recently.


Brendan Halligan From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Brendan Halligan (born 5 July 1936) is an Irish economist and a former Labour Party (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labour_Party_%28Ireland%29) politician.[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Halligan#cite_note-oireachtas_db-1)
Halligan was born in Dublin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin) in 1936. Educated at St James's Christian Brothers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congregation_of_Christian_Brothers) School and Dublin Institute of Technology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_Institute_of_Technology), Dublin, his early career was as an economist. He worked with the Irish Sugar Company (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greencore) until 1967 when he became involved in politics. In that year he became General-Secretary of the Labour Party (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labour_Party_%28Ireland%29). The leader, Brendan Corish (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Corish), relied on Halligan's intellectual and political skills in his new role. Under Halligan the party underwent an energetic reorganisation. New structures and policies were put in place, coinciding with the party's leftward policy shift and an acute anti-coalition stance. Halligan strongly supported both ideals, but was instrumental in securing the eventual, and somewhat unwilling, acceptance by the party of the reversal of anti-coalition stance after the disappointing results in the 1969 general election (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_general_election,_1969).
The 1973 general election (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_general_election,_1973) resulted in a Fine Gael (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fine_Gael)-Labour Party (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labour_Party_%28Ireland%29) coalition government coming to power. Halligan, who did not contest the general election was rewarded by being appointed to Seanad Éireann (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seanad_%C3%89ireann). Three years later in 1976 he won a by-election (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_South%E2%80%93West_by-election,_1976) in Dublin South–West (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_South%E2%80%93West_%28D%C3%A1il_%C3%89irean n_constituency%29), and as a result became a Teachta Dála (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teachta_D%C3%A1la) (TD).[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Halligan#cite_note-elecs_irl-2) After boundary changes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_%28Amendment%29_Act_1974), he stood in the new Dublin Finglas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_Finglas_%28D%C3%A1il_%C3%89ireann_constitue ncy%29) at the 1977 general election (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_general_election,_1977), but was not re-elected. He continued to serve as General-Secretary of the party until 1980. Halligan stood again in the revived Dublin North–West (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_North%E2%80%93West_%28D%C3%A1il_%C3%89irean n_constituency%29) constituency at the 1981 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_general_election,_1981) and November 1982 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_general_election,_November_1982) general elections, but was not elected in either contest.[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Halligan#cite_note-elecs_irl-2) However, he was appointed as a Member of the European Parliament (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Member_of_the_European_Parliament) (MEP) from 1983 until 1984 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Parliament_election,_1984_%28Ireland%29), replacing Frank Cluskey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Cluskey).
Following the end of Halligan's political career he has been managing partner in a public affairs consultancy. He is Chairman of the Institute of International and European Affairs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institute_of_International_and_European_Affairs), a policy think tank and forum, and Adjunct Professor in European Affairs at the University of Limerick (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Limerick) and was chairman of Bord na Móna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bord_na_M%C3%B3na) from 1985 until 1995. He has been a non-executive member of the board of Irish Permanent (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Life_and_Permanent) since 1992. Like many of his colleagues in the Labour Party (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labour_Party_%28Ireland%29), Halligan has had a strong commitment to Europe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europe) and European affairs, a trait which was hidden during the party's campaign against the 1972 referendum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Amendment_of_the_Constitution_of_Ireland) deciding Ireland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Ireland)'s membership of the European Economic Community (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Economic_Community). Halligan has also been a member of the Irish Council of the European Movement.
He represented cigarette manufacturers throughout the 1990s, heading the campaign to limit tax increases and opposing restrictions on advertising.[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Halligan#cite_note-3)
He is currently the Policy Coordinator for the Labour Party.

References

Jump up ^ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Halligan#cite_ref-oireachtas_db_1-0) "Mr. Brendan Halligan" (http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=20&MemberID=483&ConstID=93). Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
^ Jump up to: a (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Halligan#cite_ref-elecs_irl_2-0) b (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Halligan#cite_ref-elecs_irl_2-1) "Brendan Halligan" (http://electionsireland.org/candidate.cfm?ID=3134). ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 11 February 2008.
Jump up ^ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Halligan#cite_ref-3) "Adviser denies leaving campaign due to tobacco links" (http://www.independent.ie/national-news/presidential-election/adviser-denies-leaving-campaign-due-to-tobacco-links-2900907.html). Irish Independent (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Independent). 10 October 2011.




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Halligan

C. Flower
15-03-2014, 09:59 PM
Brendan Halligan gets a favourable mention (http://www.politicalworld.org/showthread.php?15694-Wikileaks-A-US-View-of-The-1976-Labour-Party-Conference-Is-it-a-Delusion-that-Left-Wingers-Can-Influence-Labour) in a Wikileaks cable, for routing the 'dissidents' on the left, in the 1976 Labour Party Conference.

C. Flower
15-03-2014, 10:08 PM
Chairman of the Institute for International and European Affairs. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institute_of_International_and_European_Affairs)

PaddyJoe
16-03-2014, 01:17 AM
The Phoenix has had some interesting stuff over the last couple of years about the funding he's received through the Institute for International and European Affairs. Worth a look back.

C. Flower
16-03-2014, 07:24 AM
Quite extraordinary for the Chair of Ireland's main lobby group and think tank for corporations also being the policy manager for the Labour Party.

C. Flower
16-03-2014, 07:37 AM
Halligan is also the Chair of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (http://www.seai.ie/), an advisory body and sustainable energy promotion body of Government, and was formerly Chairman of Mainstream Renewable Energy (http://www.mainstreamrp.com/about-us/board/) (is now a non Executive Director) and also a Director of NTR, both wind energy companies (the former dealing with the Midlands, the latter being a US company).

http://www.zoominfo.com/s/#!search/profile/person?personId=53116826&targetid=profile

The Moth
16-03-2014, 05:44 PM
Halligan is also the Chair of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (http://www.seai.ie/), an advisory body and sustainable energy promotion body of Government, and was formerly Chairman of Mainstream Renewable Energy (http://www.mainstreamrp.com/about-us/board/) (is now a non Executive Director) and also a Director of NTR, both wind energy companies (the former dealing with the Midlands, the latter being a US company).

http://www.zoominfo.com/s/#!search/profile/person?personId=53116826&targetid=profile

Himself and Brer Rabbitte would have a lot to talk about then.

C. Flower
16-03-2014, 06:25 PM
Himself and Brer Rabbitte would have a lot to talk about then.

By their fixers shall we know them...

C. Flower
17-03-2014, 09:43 AM
Thanks to DCon for this link -

27 million in consultancy fees paid out by Sustainable Energy Ireland.

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/revealed-the-165m-splurged-on-experts-30075941.html

These threads are not about the individual people concerned - I really have no interest in Mr. Halligan as a person. It is the linkages and supports between the main political parties and the corporate world and quangos that matter.

PaddyJoe
30-04-2015, 02:33 PM
I see Brendan Halligan is hosting Trichet's lecture today.

Dr. FIVE
30-04-2015, 05:58 PM
Halligan presents Trichet with a little for his efforts today. Everyone happy with the pantomime

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/11182065_10204152183912730_349457203939245014_n.jp g?oh=b53a3ac14d77f1a3f236236517271a69&oe=55D892DA&__gda__=1439849297_78916f9f653a5274096e915af866e02 7

C. Flower
30-04-2015, 08:00 PM
At least Trichet is what it says on the can.

Did anyone mention this today to Halligan ?
non-executive member of the board of Irish Permanent (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Life_and_Permanent) since 1992

Is he still Labour's Policy Manager ?

PaddyJoe
30-04-2015, 11:36 PM
Vinny doesn't know what the IIEA is. Something he has in common with most people.