Low-profile TD thrust into the spotlight over court case
HIS personal friend, Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, is estimated to be a billionaire. But John Perry doesn't have the same resources to draw upon as he faces the second legal action in a year over unpaid debts.
The Minister for Small Business certainly has hands-on experience in his area of responsibility, running enterprises including a supermarket, a hardware store, a hotel and a funeral home. The 56-year-old topped the poll in the last general election in Sligo-North Leitrim, helping Fine Gael win an extra seat in the constituency.
A loyal supporter and friend of Enda Kenny during the celebrated Fine Gael heave, he was rock solid behind the party leader.
His reward was promotion to the Fine Gael frontbench as spokesman on small business.
After the general election, he became Minister for Small Business, but he is low profile.
He is a Fine Gael TD since 1997, when he replaced the retiring Ted Nealon as the party TD in Sligo.
His only previous outing came in the 1985 local election when he failed to be elected.
But his appeal as a candidate came from his involvement in local business and a variety of community organisations.