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Gay Mitchell MEP

Assumed office 
June 2004
Preceded by Mary Banotti
Constituency Dublin

In office
June 1981 – May 2007
Preceded by New seat in constituency
Succeeded by Catherine Byrne
Constituency Dublin South Central

Born 30 December 1951 (1951-12-30) (age 58)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael / European People's Party
Alma mater Dublin Institute of Technology
Queen's University Belfast
Website Official website

Gabriel "Gay" Mitchell (born 30 December 1951) is an Irish politician and Member of the European Parliament for the Dublin constituency since 2004. He is a member of Fine Gael, part of the European People's Party, and a former Teachta Dála (TD) for Dublin South Central from 1981–2007.[1]

Gabriel Mitchell was born in Inchicore, Dublin in 1951. He was educated at St. Michael's Congregation of Christian Brothers, Emmet Road Vocational School, Dublin Institute of Technology College of Commerce and Queen's University Belfast.

Mitchell first became involved in politics in 1979 as a member of Dublin City Council. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as Fine Gael TD at the 1981 general election for the Dublin South Central constituency.[2] Since then he has served as a Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs with special responsibility for European Affairs. He was the Irish Representative on the Reflection Group which prepared the Amsterdam Treaty.

Mitchell is also a former Lord Mayor of Dublin and, while never holding full cabinet rank, has served on the opposition front bench as spokesperson on Health (2000–2002), Foreign Affairs (1997–2000), Justice (1993–1994), Public Service and Constitutional Reform (1991–1992), Tourism and Transport (1989–1991), European Integration (1988–1989), Urban Renewal (1987–1988) and Health Board Reform (1981–1982).

Following Michael Noonan's resignation as Fine Gael leader in 2002, Mitchell was a challenger in the subsequent leadership election, losing out to the victor, Enda Kenny. Before his election to the European Parliament, Mitchell had been party spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, writing the party's "Beyond Neutrality" policy document.

In November 2006, Mitchell announced that he had taken the difficult decision not to contest the 2007 general election and concentrate on his European seat.[3] Mitchell is a Vice Chair of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. His late brother Jim Mitchell was a long-serving Fine Gael TD and former government minister.

During the 2008 referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon, Mitchell supported the Yes campaign and was Fine Gael's director of elections for the referendum.

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Preceded by
New seat in constituency
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Dublin South Central
Succeeded by
Catherine Byrne
(Fine Gael)
Civic offices
Preceded by
Seán Kenny
Lord Mayor of Dublin
Succeeded by
Tomás Mac Giolla
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Kitt
Minister of State (with special responsibility for European Affairs)
Succeeded by
Office abolished
(Minister of State for Europe was reinstated in 2002)
Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach
Preceded by
Ray Burke
Opposition Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Jim O'Keeffe
Preceded by
Alan Shatter
Opposition Spokesperson on Health and Children
Succeeded by
Olivia Mitchell
Preceded by
Jim O'Keeffe
Opposition Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Bernard Allen
European Parliament
Preceded by
Mary Banotti
Member of the European Parliament for Dublin

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