Michael McDowell lives in Dublin, and is married to Professor Niamh Brennan and they have three sons. He is the youngest grandson of Eoin Mac Néill, a co-founder of Conradh na Gaeilge and the founding President of the Irish Volunteers.

Michael graduated from UCD with a B.A. in Economics, Politics, Jurisprudence and Roman Law in 1972. During his time in UCD, he was a member of the L&H and was auditor of the Law Society. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the UCD Sutherland School of Law, and his wife Niamh is the Michael MacCormac Professor of Management in the UCD Quinn School of Business.

Michael was elected as a TD for Dublin South East in 1987, 1992 and 2002. He served as Attorney General from 1999 to 2002, as Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform from 2002 until 2007, and as Tánaiste from 2006 until 2007.

As a committed, reformist republican by conviction, I offer five policy principles in this election:

  1. Supporting sound and sustainable economic policies so that the success of a growing economy will be fairly shared among all our citizens and across our regions
  2. Supporting liberal and inclusive social policy reform and protecting the weak, vulnerable and marginalised in our society
  3. Reforming our parliament and local democracy to make government truly accountable to the people, especially by reforming the Dáil and the Seanad
  1. Advocacy for diversity, accessibility, and excellence at all levels of Irish education – primary, secondary, and university and other third level education
  2. Supporting Ireland’s EU membership while always protecting Ireland’s national interests against
    being submerged in an EU super-state