Bernard Allen (Irish politician)

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Bernard Allen
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1981 – February 2011
ConstituencyCork North-Central
Personal details
Born (1944-09-09) 9 September 1944 (age 76)
Cork, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Marie Dorney
Alma materUniversity College Cork

Bernard Allen (born 9 September 1944) is a former Irish Fine Gael politician. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork North-Central constituency from 1981 to 2011.[1]

Allen was born in Cork city. He was educated at the North Monastery Christian Brothers School and University College Cork where he qualified with a diploma in Chemical Technology. Allen first became involved in politics in 1979 when he was elected to Cork Corporation, and was a member until 1995. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1981 general election as a Fine Gael TD for the Cork North-Central constituency and retained his seat at each subsequent general election until his retirement in 2011.[2] At the 1987 general election Fine Gael lost power and Allen was appointed opposition spokesperson for Health. The following year he became Lord Mayor of Cork. In 1993 Allen became spokesperson for Social Welfare.

In 1994 Fine Gael returned to government and Taoiseach John Bruton appointed Allen as Minister of State at the Department of Education and the Environment with special responsibility for Youth and Sport. In February 2002 Michael Noonan became leader of Fine Gael and Allen became spokesperson for Tourism, Sport and Recreation. Following the 2002 general election Allen was one of the few high-profile Fine Gael TDs who were re-elected. Following this he was appointed opposition spokesperson for the Environment and Local Government under the new leader Enda Kenny. From 2004–2007, Allen was opposition spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and chairman of the Dáil sub-committee on European Affairs. From 2007 to 2011, he was chairman of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee.

He retired from politics at the 2011 general election.[3] As of 2019, he is a member of the board of Sport Ireland.

He is married to Marie Dorney and they have three daughters.


  1. ^ "Bernard Allen". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Bernard Allen". Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  3. ^ "FG's Bernard Allen to retire from politics". RTÉ News. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
New constituency Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Cork North-Central
June 1981February 2011
Succeeded by
Dara Murphy
(Fine Gael)
Civic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Brosnan
Lord Mayor of Cork
Succeeded by
Chrissie Aherne
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Fahey
Minister of State for Youth and Sport
Office abolished
New office Minister of State for Local Government Reform and Urban Traffic Management