Pat The Cope Gallagher TD

TD for Donegal, and Junior Spokesperson on Marine and Fisheries

Meet Pat

Pat was first elected to Donegal County Council in 1979, serving as Chairperson in 1985. Elected to Dáil Eireann in 1981 on his first attempt, promoted to Minister of State for Marine in 1987 and subsequently made Minister of State in the various Departments of Gaeltacht, Environment, Transport, and Health between 1990 and 2008 under different governments.

He was elected to the European Parliament for the first time in 1994 where he served until 2002 when he returned to the Dáil. He again returned to the European Parliament in 2009 where he served until 2014. He successfully contested the 2016 General Election and was elected Leas Cheann Comhairle of Dail Eireann on the 6th of July 2016. He currently serves as Fianna Fail spokesperson on marine matters.

He created history in May 2018 when he successfully rescinded a Statutory Instrument on marine penalty points system for fishing infringements the first ever Statutory Instrument to be rescinded in Dail history.

Latest News from Pat


Fishing restrictions on Rockall completely unacceptable – Pat the Cope Gallagher


Full report into delays in mobilising Aer Corp to fight West Donegal gorse fires demanded by Pat the Cope


Fishing quotas must be revised in light of new estimations – Pat The Cope Gallagher


A5 dual carriageway project delayed and three Community Hospital projects deferred due to Children’s Hospital overspend-Pat the Cope

Get in touch with Pat

For any issues, contact Pat’s office by email or telephone.

Constituency Office

Main Street,
County Donegal

Email: patthecope.gallagher@oireachtas.ie
Phone: 074 95 21133 / 01 7002191
Website: www.patthecope.com