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Ruairi Quinn


Ruairi Quinn was born on 2 April 1946. He is married and has three children.

He studied Architecture and was also a Lecturer in Architecture, Housing and Urban Design at University College, Dublin. He spent all his professional career as an Architect and published numerous articles on housing, urban design, planning and environmental issues.

His political career started in 1974 when he became Member of Dublin City Council, which he remained until 1977. He was then Member of Seanad Éireann (1976-1977) and again in 1981-1982. Ruairi Quinn was elected Dáil Éireann in 1977-1981 and in 1982. He was then appointed Minister of State, Department of the Environment (1982-1983), Minister for Labour (1984-1987), Minister for the Public Service (1986-1987), Minister for Enterprise and Employment (1993-1994) and Minister for Finance (1994-1997). Ruairi Quinn was also Chairman Social Affairs Committee, Dáil Éireann (1984), Member of EU Council of Ministers for Social Affairs (1983-1987) and Leader of Civic Alliance and Labour Group (1991-1993). He was Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 1990 to 1997 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1997 to 2002.

Ruairi Quinn is Member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and Member of Amnesty International.

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