Averil Power

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Averil Power
Averil Power 2.jpg
Power in 2011
Assumed office
April 2011
Constituency Industrial and Commercial Panel
Personal details
Born (1978-07-26) 26 July 1978 (age 36)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Fionnan Sheahan
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin
Website www.averilpower.ie

Averil Power (born 26 July 1978) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician.[1] She was elected to the 24th Seanad in April 2011 by the Industrial and Commercial Panel,[2] and is the Fianna Fáil Seanad spokesperson on Education and Skills.

Early and personal life[edit]

She grew up in a council estate and claims to be the first person in her family to finish school and go to college.[3]

She has a degree in Business, Economics and Social Science from Trinity College, Dublin, where she was elected to the positions of President (2001–02) and Education Officer (2000–01) of Trinity College Dublin Students' Union.

She is married to Irish Independent political editor Fionnan Sheahan.[4]

Political career[edit]

She was an unsuccessful candidate for Fingal County Council at the 2009 local elections for the Howth-Malahide electoral area. She contested the Dublin North–East constituency at the 2011 general election but was not elected. In a three-seat constituency, she received 4,794 first preference votes (11.5%).[5]

Prior to her election to the Seanad, she worked as policy adviser to former Minister Mary Hanafin in the Departments of Tourism, Social and Family Affairs and Education.[6]

She has an interest in development issues and volunteered in Mozambique with Voluntary Service Overseas in August 2011.[7]


  1. ^ "Ms. Averil Power". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Senators elected to the new Seanad". RTÉ News. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "A new voice, working for the people of Dublin North East". Fianna Fáil. 
  4. ^ "Miriam Lord's Week". The Irish Times. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Averil Power". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Teacher's Pet". The Irish Times. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Averil to spend summer recess in Mozambique". Fingal Independent. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 

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