Friday 13 December 2019

Former TD declared bankrupt in court

Colm Keaveney
Colm Keaveney

Tim Healy and Caroline Crawford

A former Fianna Fáil TD has been adjudicated bankrupt in the High Court.

Colm Keaveney, who lost his seat in Galway East in the last election - the only Fianna Fáil TD to lose a seat in that election - made the application in person before Ms Justice Caroline Costello.

He was one of around 35 other personal applicants for bankruptcy before the court yesterday.

The hearing was over in seconds when Ms Justice Costello said his papers were in order, which means he now enters the bankruptcy process.

His assets now come under the control of the court's official assignee, Chris Lehane.

Mr Keaveney was elected TD for the Labour Party in 2011, the first ever Labour Party TD for the Galway East constituency.

The former politician, who is married with three children, had previously contested the general election for the party in 1997 but was unsuccessful.

He was elected chairman of the Labour Party at the 2012 party conference in Galway, but later that year he lost the party whip after voting against the Government on a vote on cuts to the respite care grant.

He subsequently resigned from the party on June 26, 2013, after he vocally opposed the Government's X-Case legislation.


The Galway man became an Independent for a short time before joining Fianna Fáil in December of that year.

However, his defection to Fianna Fáil was not universally popular among the grassroots of that party and was met with opposition, particularly among supporters of long-time Fianna Fáil party stalwart Michael Kitt.

After Mr Kitt announced his intention to retire from politics without contesting the 2016 election, Mr Keaveney was joined by a new running mate, former party councillor Anne Rabbitte, who took the seat on her first attempt while he lost out.

Mr Keaveney was also unsuccessful in his bid for the Seanad earlier this year, when he was eliminated from the Labour vocational panel.

Irish Independent

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