Flynn was born in County Mayo , Ireland and trained as a teacher. On regional policy, he turned to national politics and was elected to the Dáil Éireann , the lower house of the Irish Parliament , for the first time in 1977 . From 1980 to 1991 he worked as a minister in various departments, including trade and tourism. In 1993 he joined the European Commission and was Commissioner for Social Affairs, Employment, Immigration, Internal and Legal Affairs in the Delors Commission. In the subsequent Santer Commission from 1995 he concentrated on social policy, the other departments he handed over to his Swedish colleague Anita Gradin . After the resignation of the EU Commission on March 16, 1999, Flynn retired.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Ó Floinn, Pádraig|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Irish politician|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 9, 1939|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Castlebar|