Families in the Oireachtas

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There is a tradition in Irish politics of having family members succeed each other, frequently in the same parliamentary seat. This article lists families where two or more members of that family have been members (TD or Senator) of either of the houses of the Oireachtas (Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann) or of the European Parliament. It also includes members of the Oireachtas who had a relation who served in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1801–1922) for an Irish constituency. It does not include people who have served only on local councils.

For the purposes of this list, a "family" has been defined as a group of people where each person has one of the following relationships to at least one of the other people listed:

  • son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter
  • father, mother, grandfather or grandmother
  • nephew, niece, grandnephew or grandniece
  • uncle, aunt, great uncle or great aunt
  • sibling or first cousin
  • spouse (husband or wife)
  • connected by marriage ("-in-law" relationships)

The list has been indexed against the name of the first family member to enter the Oireachtas.

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B[edit]

C[edit]

D[edit]

E[edit]

  • Tom Enright (born 1940): FG TD Laois–Offaly 1969–1992, 1997–2002, FG Senator 1993–1997
    • his daughter Olwyn Enright (born 1974): FG TD Laois–Offaly 2002–2011
      • her husband Joe McHugh (born 1971): FG Senator 2002–2007, FG TD Donegal North–East 2007–
  • Sir Thomas Esmonde (1862–1935): IPP MP 1885–1918, Ind Senator 1922–1934
  • James Everett (1894–1967): Lab TD Wicklow 1923–1967
    • his nephew Liam Kavanagh (born 1935): Lab TD Wicklow 1969–1997, MEP Leinster 1973–1981

F[edit]

  • Thomas Finlay (1893–1932): CnaG TD Dublin County 1930–1932
    • his son Thomas Finlay (born 1922): FG TD Dublin South–Central 1954–1957
  • Desmond FitzGerald (1888–1947): CnaG TD 1919–1937, Senator 1938–1943
    • his son Garret FitzGerald (1926–2011): FG Senator 1965–1969, FG TD Dublin South–East 1969–1992
      • Garret's daughter-in-law Eithne FitzGerald (born 1950): Lab TD Dublin South 1992–1997
  • Oliver J. Flanagan (1920–1987): FG TD Laois–Offaly 1943–1987
    • his son Charles Flanagan (born 1956): FG TD Laois–Offaly 1987–2002, 2007–
  • Pádraig Flynn (born 1939): FF TD Mayo West 1977–1993
  • Johnny Fox (1948–1995): Ind TD Wicklow 1992–1995
    • his daughter Mildred Fox (born 1971): Ind TD Wicklow 1995–2007
  • Seán French (1890–1937): FF TD Cork Borough 1927–1932
    • his son Seán French (1931–2011): FF TD Cork Borough/Cork City North–West/Cork City/Cork North–Central 1967–1982

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H[edit]

K[edit]

L[edit]

  • James Larkin (1874–1947): IWL TD Dublin North 1927, Ind TD Dublin North–East 1937–1938, Lab TD Dublin North–East 1943–1944
    • James Snr's son James Larkin, Jnr (1904–1969): Lab TD Dublin South 1943–1948, Dublin South–Central 1948–1954
    • James Snr's son Denis Larkin (1908–1987): Lab TD Dublin North–East 1954–1961, 1965–1969
  • Hugh Law (1818–1883): Liberal MP Londonderry 1874–1881
  • Patsy Lawlor (1933–1998): FG Senator 1981–1983
  • Seán Lemass (1899–1971): FF TD Dublin 1924–1969
  • Brian Lenihan, Snr (1930–1995): FF Senator 1957–1961, 1973–1977, FF TD Roscommon 1961–1969, Roscommon–Leitrim 1969–1973, Dublin West 1977–1997, MEP 1973–1977
    • Brian Snr's father Patrick Lenihan (1902–1970): FF TD Longford–Westmeath 1965–1970
    • Brian Snr's sister Mary O'Rourke (born 1937): FF Senator 1981–1982, 2002–2007, FF TD Longford–Westmeath 1982–1997, 2007–2011, Westmeath 1997–2002
    • Brian Snr's son Brian Lenihan, Jnr (1959–2011): FF Dublin West 1996–2011
    • Brian Snr's son Conor Lenihan (born 1963): FF TD Dublin South–West 1997–2011
  • Jimmy Leonard (born 1927): FF TD Cavan–Monaghan 1973–1981, Feb 1982–1997, Senator 1981–1982
    • his daughter Ann Leonard (born 1969): FF Senator 1997–2002
  • Patrick Little (1884–1963): FF TD Waterford 1927–1954
    • his grandnephew Ciarán Cuffe (born 1963): GP TD Dún Laoghaire 2002–2011
  • James B. Lynch (died 1954): FF TD Dublin South 1932–1948 Senator 1951–1954
    • his wife Celia Lynch (1908–1989): FF TD Dublin South–Central, Dublin North–Central 1954–1977
  • Kathleen Lynch (born 1953): DL/Lab TD Cork North–Central 1994–1997, 2002–
    • her brother-in-law Ciarán Lynch (born 1964): Lab TD Cork South–Central 2007–

M[edit]

  • Mary McAleese (born 1951): President of Ireland 1997–2011
  • Timothy McAuliffe (1909–1985): Lab Senator 1961–1969, 1973–1983
  • Joseph MacBride (died 1938): SF TD Mayo West 1919–1921, Mayo North and West 1921–1923, CnaG TD Mayo South 1923–1927
    • his nephew Seán MacBride (1904–1988): CnaP TD Dublin County 1947–1948, Dublin South–West 1948–1957
  • Shane McEntee (1956–2012): FG TD Meath 2005–2007, Meath East 2007–2012
    • his daughter Helen McEntee (born 1987): FG TD Meath East 2013–
  • Eoin MacNeill (1867–1945): SF/CnaG TD National University of Ireland 1919–1927
    • his son-in-law Michael Tierney (1894–1975): CnaG TD Mayo North 1925–1927, NUI 1927–1932, Senator 1938–1944
    • his grandson Michael McDowell (born 1951): PD TD Dublin South–East 1987–1989, 1992–1997, 2002–2007
  • Tom McEllistrim (1894–1973): FF TD Kerry/Kerry North 1923–1969
    • his son Tom McEllistrim (1926–2000): FF TD Kerry North 1969–1987, Senator 1987–1989, 1989–1992
  • Joseph McLoughlin (1916–1991): FG TD Sligo–Leitrim 1969–1977
    • his nephew Tony McLoughlin (born 1949): FG TD Sligo–North Leitrim 2011–
  • Ray MacSharry (born 1938): FF TD Sligo–Leitrim 1969–1988, MEP Connacht–Ulster 1984–1989
  • MacSwiney see Brugha
  • Tadhg Manley (1893–1976): FG TD Cork South 1954–1961
    • his nephew Liam Burke (1928–2005): FG TD Cork City 1969–1977, 1979–1981, TD Cork North–Central 1981–1989, 1992–2002
  • John Mannion, Snr (1907–1978): FG TD Galway West 1951–1954, Senator 1954–1957, 1961–1969
    • his son John Mannion, Jnr (1944–2006): FG TD Galway West 1977–1981, Senator 1969–1977, 1981–1983
  • Con Meaney (died 1970): FF TD Cork North 1937–1943, Cork Mid 1961–1965
    • his son Thomas Meaney (born 1931): FF TD Cork Mid/Cork North–West 1961–1982
  • Liam Mellows (1895–1922): SF TD Galway East, Meath North 1918–1922, Galway 1921–1922
    • his brother Barney Mellows (c. 1896–1942): SF TD Galway 1923–1927
  • Matthew Minch (1857–1921): INF/IPP MP South Kildare 1892–1903
  • Jim Mitchell (1946–2002): FG TD Dublin Ballyfermot/Dublin West/Dublin Central 1977–2002
    • his brother Gay Mitchell (born 1951): FG TD Dublin South–Central 1981–2007, MEP Dublin 2004–2014
  • Joe Mooney (died 1988): FF Senator 1961–1965
  • Michael Moynihan (1917–2001): Lab TD Kerry South 1981–1992
  • Eugene Mullen (c. 1898–?): FF TD Mayo South June–Sept 1927
    • his brother Thomas Mullen (c. 1897–1966): FF TD Dublin County 1938–1943
  • Rónán Mullen (born 1970): Ind Senator 2007–
  • Michael Pat Murphy (1919–2000): Lab TD Cork South–West 1951–1981
    • his son-in-law John O'Donoghue (born 1956): FF TD Kerry South 1987–2011

N[edit]

  • Liam Naughten (1944–1996): FG Senator 1981–1982, 1989–1996, FG TD Roscommon 1982–1989
    • his son Denis Naughten (born 1973): FG Senator 1997, FG TD Longford–Roscommon 1997–2007, Roscommon–South Leitrim 2007–
  • Tom Nolan: (1921–1992): FF TD Carlow–Kilkenny 1965–1982, MEP 1973–1979
    • his son M. J. Nolan (born 1951): FF TD Carlow–Kilkenny 1982–2011
  • William Norton: (1900–1963): Lab TD Dublin County 1923–1927, Kildare/Carlow–Kildare/Kildare 1932–1963
    • his son Patrick Norton (born 1928): Lab TD Kildare 1965–1969, Senator 1969–1973

O[edit]

P[edit]

Q[edit]

  • Ruairi Quinn (born 1946): Lab TD/Senator Dublin South–East 1977–1981, 1982–
    • his first cousin Feargal Quinn (born 1936): Ind Senator 1993–

R[edit]

  • John Edward Redmond (1806–1865): Lib MP City of Wexford 1859–1865
    • his nephew William Archer Redmond (1825–1880): IPP MP Wexford 1872–1880
      • William's son Willie Redmond (1861–1917): IPP MP Wexford Borough 1883–1885, Fermanagh North 1885–1892, Clare East 1892–1917
      • William's son John Redmond (1856–1918): IPP MP New Ross 1881–1885, North Wexford 1885–1891, Waterford City 1891–1918
        • John's son William Redmond (1886–1932): IPP/NLP/CnaG TD Waterford 1918–1932
          • William's wife Bridget Redmond (1905–1952): CnaG TD Waterford 1932–1952
  • Patrick Reynolds (1887–1932): CnaG TD Leitrim–Sligo 1927–1932
    • his wife Mary Reynolds (1889–1974): FG TD Leitrim–Sligo 1932–1961
      • Their son Patrick J. Reynolds (1920–2003): FG TD Roscommon 1961–1969, Roscommon–Leitrim 1973–1977, Senator 1969–1973, 1977–1987
        • Patrick J.'s son Gerry Reynolds (born 1961): FG TD Sligo–Leitrim 1989–1992 and 1997–2002, Senator 1987–1989 and 1993–1997
  • Eamon Rice (1873–1937): FF TD Monaghan 1932–1937
    • his wife Bridget Rice (1885–1967): FF TD Monaghan 1938–1954
  • John N. Ross (1920–2011): Ind Senator 1961–1965
    • his son Shane Ross (born 1949): Ind Senator 1981–2011, Ind TD Dublin South 2011–
  • James Ryan (1891–1970): SF TD 1918–1922, Republican TD 1923–1926, FF TD 1926–1965
    • his son Eoin Ryan, Snr (1920–2001): FF Senator 1957–1987
      • his grandson Eoin Ryan, Jnr (born 1953): FF Senator, TD Dublin South–East 1992–2007, MEP Dublin 2004–2009
    • his brother-in-law Seán T. O'Kelly (1882–1966): SF/Republican TD 1918–1932, President 1945–1959
    • his brother-in-law Richard Mulcahy (1886–1971): SF/CnaG/FG TD and Senator 1918–1961
  • Patrick Ryan (1898–1944): Republican TD Tipperary 1923–1927
    • his brother Martin Ryan (1900–1943): FF TD Tipperary 1933–1943
    • Martin's wife Mary Ryan (1898–1981): FF TD Tipperary 1944–1961
  • Seán Ryan (born 1943): Lab TD Dublin North 1989–1997, 1998–2007
    • his brother Brendan Ryan: Lab Senator 2007–2011, TD Dublin North 2011–

S[edit]

T[edit]

U[edit]

  • Pat Upton (1944–1999): Lab Senator 1989–1992, Lab TD Dublin South–Central 1992–1999
    • his sister Mary Upton (born 1946): Lab TD Dublin South–Central 1999–2011

W[edit]

  • John Wilson (1923–2007): FF TD Cavan 1973–1977, Cavan–Monaghan 1977–1992

Y[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ For evidence of family connection, see speech by Paudge Brennan in the Dáil Éireann debates, Volume 246, 8 May 1970, on the Nomination of Members of Government
  2. ^ "Devins salutes Liam Mellowes as a 'great champion of Irish freedom'". The Irish Times. 15 December 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Ms. Áine Brady". Oireachtas Members database. Retrieved 4 January 2008. 
  4. ^ McNamara, Maedhbh; Mooney, Paschal (2000). Women in Parliament, Ireland 1918–2000. Dublin: Wolfhound Press. p. 186. ISBN 0-86327-759-4. 

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