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Flor O'Mahony

Florence "Flor" O'Mahony (born 23 January 1946) is a former Labour Party politician in Ireland. He was a senator in the 1980s, and was briefly a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).[1]

He later came to prominence as a lobbyist and publicist for the tobacco industry.

Political career

From 1973 to 1977, O'Mahony was a policy advisor to the Tánaiste and Minister for Health, Labour Party leader Brendan Corish. When Labour returned to opposition after 1977 general election he continued as an advisor to Corish's successor, Frank Cluskey.

O'Mahony had himself stood unsuccessfully as a Labour candidate at the 1969 and 1973 general election in the Dún Laoghaire and Rathdown constituency. He stood in Dublin North–Central at the November 1982 and 1987 general elections, and in Dún Laoghaire at the 1989 general election, but never won a seat in Dáil Éireann.[2]

However, in 1981 he was elected on the 1984 European election, in which Labour lost as the for seats in the European Parliament which it had won in the 1979 election.[3]


After leaving politics, O'Mahony became a public affairs consultant in 1989. He is also an Associate Lecturer in European Studies at the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin.

O'Mahony, later became known as the "public face" of the Irish Tobacco Manufacturers Advisory Committee (ITMAC), of which he was director[4] and which shared an office in Dublin with O'Mahony's company CIPA,[5] and in 1992 O'Mahony's name was recorded as the donor of IR£3,000 donated to the [4] O'Mahony subsequently told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children that he could not remember who gave him information about a meeting of a Department of Health working group which had allowed him to circulate a report of the meeting to tobacco companies within 24 hours of the meeting.[7] After hearing O'Mahony's evidence, the chairman Batt O'Keeffe, told Mahony that some of the points made about his conduct were "well-founded", and recommended that "in future deliberations he would be conscious of the public interest and people's health".[8] In 2001, Howell told a sub-committee that O'Mahony had been "less than candid in his replies" to the committee.[9]

O'Mahony was one of three former senior officials of the Irish Labour Party reported to have had ties with the tobacco industry.[10]


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External links

  • European Parliament profile
  • Flor O'Mahony profile on the Finsbury International Policy & Regulatory Advisers website
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