Joanna Tuffy

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Joanna Tuffy
South Dublin County Councillor
Assumed office
June 2019
ConstituencySouth Dublin County Council
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2007 – February 2016
ConstituencyDublin Mid-West
In office
September 2002 – May 2007
ConstituencyAdministrative Panel
Personal details
Born (1965-03-09) 9 March 1965 (age 58)
London, United Kingdom
Political partyLabour Party
Domestic partnerPhilip Long
Alma mater

Joanna Tuffy (born 9 March 1965) is an Irish Labour Party politician who served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Mid-West constituency 2007 to 2016. She was a Senator for the Administrative Panel from 2002 to 2007.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in London in 1965, Tuffy was educated at Trinity College Dublin (BA) and the Dublin Institute of Technology (Legal Studies).[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

She was elected to South Dublin County Council for the Lucan area in 1999 and served until 2003. At the 2002 general election she unsuccessfully stood for election to Dáil Éireann for Dublin Mid-West. She was subsequently elected to the 22nd Seanad Éireann by the Administrative Panel. She was elected to Dáil Éireann for the first time at the 2007 general election.[2]

Her father is Eamon Tuffy, a former Labour Party councillor for Lucan, he was co-opted to replace her in 2003.

Tuffy, along with TD Tommy Broughan, opposed Labour going into coalition with Fine Gael in the aftermath of the 2011 general election.[3]

In September 2013, Tuffy publicly disagreed with the official Labour Party position supporting the abolition of the Seanad during the referendum campaign. She argued that it had played a key role in the past and could do so in the future.[4]

Tuffy lost her seat at the 2016 general election.[2]

She was re-elected to South Dublin County Council in the 2019 local elections.[5] She contested the 2019 Dáil by-election in the Dublin Mid-West constituency,[6] when she gained 6.7% of the first preference votes but was not elected.[7] She was also an unsuccessful candidate for Dublin Mid-West at the 2020 general election, when her share of first preference votes fell to only 3.39%.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Joanna Tuffy". Oireachtas Members Database. Archived from the original on 8 November 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Joanna Tuffy". Archived from the original on 12 March 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
  3. ^ Kerr, Áine (8 March 2011). "Labour's deal with FG was opposed by second TD". The Belfast Telegraph. Belfast. Archived from the original on 17 June 2021.
  4. ^ Joanna, Tuffy (17 September 2013). "Joanna Tuffy: Seanad's proud past has potential for fruitful future". Irish Independent. Dublin. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015.
  5. ^ McMorrow, Conor (26 May 2019). "7 things from election Sunday: What we have learned". Archived from the original on 5 June 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019 – via
  6. ^ Lehane, Mícheál (29 September 2019). "By-elections come at a unique time for Irish politics". RTÉ News. Archived from the original on 13 August 2020.
  7. ^ O'Halloran, Marie (30 November 2019). "Byelection Dublin Mid-West: Sinn Féin's Mark Ward elected". The Irish Times. Dublin. Archived from the original on 16 June 2021. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  8. ^ Holland, Kitty (10 February 2020) [9 February 2020]. "Dublin Mid West results: Jubilant scenes as Gino Kenny takes final seat. Fine Gael's Emer Higgins also elected while Fianna Fáil's John Curran loses out". The Irish Times. Dublin. Archived from the original on 16 June 2021. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Election 2020: Dublin Mid-West". The Irish Times. Dublin. 10 February 2020. Archived from the original on 16 June 2021. Retrieved 16 June 2021.

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