John Browne (Fianna Fáil)

For other people named John Browne, see John Browne (disambiguation).
John Browne
Minister of State for Fisheries
In office
20 June 2007  13 May 2008
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Tony Killeen
Minister of State for Marine
In office
14 February 2006  14 June 2007
Preceded by Pat the Cope Gallagher
Succeeded by Office abolished
In office
19 June 2002  29 September 2004
Preceded by Hugh Byrne
Succeeded by Pat the Cope Gallagher
Teachta Dála
In office
November 1982  February 2016
Constituency Wexford
Personal details
Born (1948-08-01) 1 August 1948
Marshalstown, County Wexford
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Judy Doyle
Children 4

John Browne (born 1 August 1948) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Wexford constituency since 1982.[1] He is a former Minister of State. His most recent role was as Minister of State with special responsibility for Fisheries at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (2007–2008).

Early and private life

John Browne was born in Marshalstown, County Wexford in 1948.[2] He was educated locally at St Mary's Christian Brothers School in Enniscorthy.[2] Browne worked as a salesman before becoming involved in politics and was also an inter-county hurler for Wexford.[2]

Browne is married to Judy and has three children, a fourth child died some years ago.[3] His uncle Seán Browne, was also a TD, who was first elected in 1957. He retired due to ill health.[4] John Browne has topped the poll in the constituency of Wexford on a number of occasions.[4]

Political career

Browne first became involved in politics in 1979 when he was elected to Enniscorthy Urban District Council and to Wexford County Council.[2] Browne was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the November 1982 general election for the constituency of Wexford and has been re-elected at every election since.[5]

Over his career Browne has held a number of government and opposition positions. Not long after his election he was appointed assistant Chief Whip.[2] When Fianna Fáil returned to power in 1987 he remained on the backbenches however. The election of Albert Reynolds as Taoiseach in 1992 saw Browne become Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food with special responsibility for the Food Industry.[2] In 1993 he was moved to the post of Minister of State at the Department of the Environment with special responsibility for Environmental Protection, serving in that position until 1994.

In 1997 Fianna Fáil were back in power, however, Browne remained on the backbenches. In 2002 he received a promotion to the post of Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.[2] In Bertie Ahern's Cabinet reshuffle of 2004 Browne became Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food, serving under Mary Coughlan, Ireland's first female Agriculture Minister. Following a junior ministerial reshuffle in February 2006 Browne returned to his previous department, where he served as Minister of State with responsibility for the Marine. Browne has also served as Chairman of a number of Oireachtas Committees, including, Agriculture, Marine, Social Affairs, and Finance.

After the 2007 general election, he was appointed as Minister of State for Fisheries, the office was previously known as Minister of State with special responsibility for the Marine.[2]

On 13 May 2008, shortly after Brian Cowen became Taoiseach, Browne lost his position as Minister of State for Fisheries in a major re-shuffle by the new leader he was not appointed to any other junior ministry.

He is currently the Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Marine and Fisheries. Browne was involved in controversy in November 2011 when it emerged that the Department of Public Expenditure incorrectly paid him a pension from his time as a junior minister at the Department of Agriculture worth €7,396.31 despite still being a sitting TD. The Department of public expenditure apologised to the TD for the embarrassment caused to him. [6]

He did not contest the 2016 general election,[7] and his son James Browne was elected in his place.


  1. "Mr. John Browne". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "Profile of John Browne". Fianna Fáil website. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  3. "John Browne Fianna Fáil". New Ross Standard. 23 May 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  4. 1 2 "Browne celebrates 22 years at the top". Gorey Guardian. 19 May 2005. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  5. "John Browne". Retrieved 14 May 2008.
  6. "FF TD receives ministerial pension "in error"". RTÉ News. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  7. "Fianna Fáil TD John Browne will not contest the next election". The Irish Times. 29 September 2015.
Preceded by
Seán Browne
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Wexford
Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Walsh
Minister of State for the Food Industry
Succeeded by
Brian O'Shea
Preceded by
Mary Harney
Minister of State for Environmental Protection
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Preceded by
Hugh Byrne
Minister of State for the Marine
Succeeded by
Pat the Cope Gallagher
Preceded by
New office
Minister of State for Forestry
Succeeded by
Mary Wallace
Preceded by
Pat the Cope Gallagher
Minister of State for the Marine
Succeeded by
as Minister of State for Fisheries
Preceded by
as Minister of State for the Marine
Minister of State for Fisheries
Succeeded by
Tony Killeen
Party political offices
Preceded by
Séamus Kirk
Chairman of the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party
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