Proinsias De Rossa

Proinsias De Rossa (born 15 May 1940) is a former Irish Labour Party politician who served as Minister for Social Welfare from 1994 to 1997, Leader of Democratic Left from 1992 to 1999 and Leader of the Workers' Party from 1988 to 1992. He served as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Dublin constituency from 1989 to 1992 and 1999 to 2012. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin North-West constituency from 1989 to 2002.[1]

Proinsias De Rossa
De Rossa in 2014
Minister for Social Welfare
In office
15 December 1994  26 June 1997
TaoiseachJohn Bruton
Preceded byMichael Woods
Succeeded byDermot Ahern
Leader of Democratic Left
In office
15 February 1992  11 July 1999
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Leader of the Workers' Party
In office
11 February 1988  8 February 1992
Preceded byTomás Mac Giolla
Succeeded byMarian Donnelly
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1 July 1999  22 February 2012
In office
1 July 1989  30 November 1992
ConstituencyDublin
Teachta Dála
In office
February 1982  May 2002
ConstituencyDublin North-West
Personal details
Born
Francis Ross

(1940-05-15) 15 May 1940 (age 81)
Finglas, Dublin, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyLabour Party (since 1999)
Other political
affiliations
Democratic Left (1992-99)
Workers' Party (1970-1992)
Sinn Féin (until 1970)
Alma materDublin Institute of Technology