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Tony Gregory (5 December 1947 – 2 January 2009) was an Irishmarker Independent politician and a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Central constituency from 1982 to 2009.

Born in Dublinmarker, Tony Gregory was educated by the Christian Brothers at O'Connell School and University College Dublinmarker where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Gregory worked as a secondary school teacher at Coláiste Eoin, an Irish language secondary school in Stillorganmarker, where he taught History and French, before becoming involved in politics as a member of Dublin City Council from 1979 until 2004. Gregory was a former member of Official Sinn Féin and the Irish Republican Socialist Party. At the February 1982 general election he was elected to Dáil Éireann as an Independent TD.



On his election in February 1982 he immediately achieved national prominence through the famous"Gregory Deal", which he negotiated with Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey. In return for supporting Haughey as Taoiseach, Gregory was guaranteed a massive cash injection for his inner-city Dublin constituency, an area beset by poverty and neglect. Although Gregory was reviled in certain quarters for effectively holding a government to ransom, his uncompromising commitment to the poor was widely admired. Fianna Fáil lost power at the November 1982 general election, and not all of the promises in the Gregory Deal were delivered.

He continued to campaign on local issues and issues of social justice, particularly the drugs problem. In 1986, Gregory and Sinn Féin Councillor Christy Burke spent two weeks in Mountjoy Prisonmarker arising from protest activities during a campaign in support of Dublin inner city street traders.

Gregory remained a TD from 1982 and, although he never held a Cabinet position, remained one of the country's most recognised Dáil deputies. He always refused to wear a tie in the Dáil chamber stating that many of his constituents could not afford them.

Death

He died on 2 January 2009, aged 61, following a long bout with cancer. Following his death, tributes poured in from politicians from every party, recognising his contribution to Dublin's north inner city. During his funeral politicians were told that although they spoke highly of Gregory following his death, during his time in the Dáil he had been excluded by many of them and that they were not to use his funeral as a "photo opportunity". He was buried on 7 January, with former Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins delivering the graveside oration.

By-election

Colleagues of Tony Gregory supported his election agent, Dublin City Councillor Maureen O'Sullivan at the Dublin Central by-election. O'Sullivan won the subsequent by-election.

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