| Kildare North|
| 1 October 1944 (age 71)
Hollymount, County Mayo, Ireland (1944-10-01) |
Kevin Street College of Technology, Dublin
Dublin Institute of Technology
Member of Dail Eireann (1987–2009)
Emmet Stagg Wikipedia
Emmet Stagg (born 1 October 1944) is an Irish former Labour Party politician who served as Labour Party Chief Whip from 2007 to 2016, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Energy and Communications from 1994 to 1997, and Minister of State at the Department of the Environment from 1993 to 1994. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1987 to 2016.
Stagg was born at Hollymount, County Mayo and educated at Ballinrobe CBS school and Kevin Street College of Technology. He worked as a Medical Technologist at Trinity College, Dublin before entering full-time politics.
He was elected in 1979 to represent the Celbridge area on Kildare County Council for the Labour Party, serving until 1993. He was elected again in 1999, serving until 2003. Stagg was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1987 general election for the Kildare constituency. He then served as Labour front bench spokesperson on a number of areas, including Agriculture (1987–89) and Social Welfare (1989–92).
During the 1980s and early 1990s, Stagg was a prominent figure within the internal politics of the Labour Party, being viewed along with Michael D. Higgins and Joe Higgins as one of the leaders of the left-wing faction within the party opposed to coalition with Fine Gael, and as a prominent opponent of the then party leader Dick Spring. He opposed the expulsion of Joe Higgins and Militant Tendency at the 1989 conference, and in the early 1990s he considered leaving the party and joining the newly formed Democratic Left, though he ultimately chose to stay with the party. In the Fianna Fáil–Labour Party coalition government formed after the 1992 general election, he became Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Renewal.
Stagg was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Energy and Communications in 1994, in the newly formed Rainbow Coalition Government.
He lost his seat at the 2016 general election, having served as a TD for 29 consecutive years.
In 1994, while Minister of State, Stagg became the subject of a major press scandal after Gardaí had found him the previous November loitering in an area of Dublin's Phoenix Park used by male prostitutes. He was questioned by the Gardaí but no charges were filed against him. The young man found in Stagg's car during this incident later cohabited with Seán Fortune, a priest accused of abusing minors.
Stagg's brother Frank Stagg was a Provisional Irish Republican Army member, who died in a British prison in 1976 while on hunger strike.