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Tuesday 23 July 2019

Rebel Dan in coalition deal with his father's old team

We're not there yet: John Gormley and Dan Boyle meet the press yesterday after their continuing talks with FF on forming a government
We're not there yet: John Gormley and Dan Boyle meet the press yesterday after their continuing talks with FF on forming a government
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

THE Greens' Dan Boyle is negotiating a coalition deal with Fianna Fail but his family already has a place in the history books of the Soldiers of Destiny.

Dan comes from a staunch Fianna Fail background and his father, the late Joe Boyle, was a mentor to the young Micheal Martin. Joe was chairman of the Enterprise Minister's local branch of Fianna Fail in Cork, the Charles Daly Cumann in Turner's Cross, in the 1980s.

He was supportive of the young school teacher's early career, and even nominated Mr Martin for the local elections in 1985. when he was first elected to Cork Corporation.

Joe was a native of Arranmore Island in Donegal but was born in Edinburgh and married Dan's mother, Sheila, who was from Cork. Dan was born in Chicago, USA, in 1962 where his parents had emigrated, but the family moved back to Cork city in the early 1970s.

The same area around the Derrynane Road would become a political hotbed as it produced Micheal Martin, Dan Boyle and newly-elected Labour TD Ciaran Lynch, who took the seat from the Green Party TD in the general election.

While his father became an active member of Fianna Fail, Dan was more of a rebel, singing in a rock band in Cork and ultimately gravitating towards the Green Party via the voluntary sector.

"I have a Fianna Fail family background which I reacted against, but my real entry to politics was through community and youth work," he said in recent years.

Dan's pragmatism is attributed to his Fianna Fail background. Rather than being an idealist who favours the politics of protest, he is seen as someone who realises the value of getting into a position where policies can be implemented.

He has done invaluable work to help the Greens to be taken seriously as a party by developing sensible and well-thought-out economic policies.

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