(1951 - Born in Islandeady, Co. Mayo.) He was educated at St Gerald's College, Castlebar and at St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin. He worked as a primary teacher before being elected to Dáil Éireann in 1975 at a bye-election brought about by the death of his father. At 24, he was the youngest member of the 20th Dáil.