Mary Wallace

Mary Wallace
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2007  February 2011
Constituency Meath East
In office
June 1989  May 2007
Constituency Meath
Minister of State
for Health Promotion and Food Safety
In office
7 May 2008  21 April 2009
In office
April 1987  June 1989
Constituency Administrative Panel
Personal details
Born (1959-06-13) 13 June 1959
County Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Declan Gannon
Children 1
Alma mater College of Commerce, Rathmines

Mary Wallace (born 13 June 1959) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician. She served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Meath and Meath East constituencies from 1989 to 2011.[1]

Early life

Wallace was born in County Dublin in 1959. She was educated at the Loreto Convents in Balbriggan and North Great Georges Street, Dublin and the College of Commerce, Rathmines where she received a diploma in Hospital and Health Services Administration. Following this she went on to work as a Personnel Executive in Blanchardstown Hospital.

Political career

Wallace first held political office in 1982 when she was elected to Meath County Council. She served on that authority until 1997. In 1987 she was elected to the 18th Seanad Éireann on the Administrative Panel, having failed to get elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1987 general election. She was successful at the 1989 general election and was elected for the Meath constituency. She retained her seat at each subsequent election, moving to the new Meath East constituency for the 2007 general election.[2]

Wallace remained on the backbenches until 1995 when she became Opposition Spokesperson for people with disabilities and carers. When Fianna Fáil came to power in 1997 she became Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Law Reform. Wallace lost her position in 2002 when the Disability Bill she was piloting through the Dáil was withdrawn.

In February 2006 Wallace rejoined the junior ministerial team as Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with special responsibility for Forestry. Her promotion caused some surprise as Seán Haughey had been the front-runner for promotion, while Wallace's name had not even been mentioned.

In May 2008, she was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children with special responsibility for Health Promotion and Food Safety. She lost her position as Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children in a reshuffle on 21 April 2009.

She retired from politics at the 2011 general election.[3]


  1. "Ms. Mary Wallace". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 6 November 2009.
  2. "Mary Wallace". Retrieved 5 November 2009.
  3. "FF's Mary Wallace will not contest election". RTÉ News. 8 January 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
Preceded by
Michael Lynch
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Meath
Constituency abolished
New constituency Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Meath East
Succeeded by
Dominic Hannigan
(Labour Party)
Political offices
New office Minister of State for Equality
Succeeded by
Willie O'Dea
Preceded by
John Browne
Minister of State for Forestry
Succeeded by
Tony Killeen
Preceded by
Pat the Cope Gallagher
Minister of State for Health Promotion and Food Safety
Office abolished
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