Leader of Fianna Fáil since 2011, he was first elected to the Dáil in 1989. He has held a number of ministries in previous Fianna Fáil governments, including Health and Children, Education, and Foreign Affairs. Lord Mayor of Cork 1992-3. Born and raised in Cork, educated at Coláiste Chriost Rí and UCC. Before entering politics he was a history teacher. Author of “Freedom to Choose: Cork and Party Politics in Ireland 1918-1932”.