Tony is a native of Co. Sligo and he has lived there all his life. Before he was elected to the Dáil he worked in sales across the Sligo -Leitrim region. He is married to his wife Paula, and they have three grown children. Public service runs in Tony’s family as his uncle, the late Joe McLoughlin, served as a T.D. for Sligo - Leitrim from 1961 to 1977.
Tony was first elected to Dáil Éireann during the 2011 General Election. Prior to this election success, Tony was an elected representative on both the Sligo County Council, where he held a seat from 1974 and the Sligo Borough Council. During his tenure on the Borough Council, Tony served as the Mayor of Sligo on four separate occasions.
Tony is a keen sports fan, and he particularly enjoys GAA, soccer and rugby. He played Gaelic football for St Mary’s in his youth, but today he is a loyal supporter of Coolera-Strandhill GAA Club. He has been a season ticket holder at Sligo Rovers for the past twenty years and he is also a member of the Sligo Rovers Development Committee. You will always see Tony in the Sligo Showgrounds, win, lose, or draw.
Over the last 4 years Tony has successfully campaigned for funding to develop new sporting facilities for many sporting codes in the Sligo – Leitrim constituency including funding for; the Ursuline College & Yeats County Hockey Club, Sligo Rovers Sean Fallon Centre, The Sligo GAA Centre of Excellence, Sligo Rugby Club and many more.
Tony represents a constituency that is continuing to develop its tourism product and he has worked hard to secure funding to develop many ideas that have helped bring increased numbers of visitors and jobs to Sligo, Leitrim, South Donegal and West Cavan. In Dáil Éireann, Tony is an active member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht. This Committee has an extremely broad remit and will shadows the activities of the Departments of Environment, Community & Local Government and Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht.
Important areas of public policy in the areas covered by these Departments include; achieving balanced regional development; local representation and planning matters; environmental protection; climate change; promoting the development of Gaeltacht areas; promoting the culture and heritage of Ireland. The Committee also deals with EU matters through the scrutiny of EU legislative proposals.
Away from politics, Tony is a committed family man who loves spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Tony also likes to keep fit and healthy by swimming every morning, walking and playing 5 a-side soccer.