Labhrás Ó Murchú
|Labhrás Ó Murchú|
|Constituency||Cultural and Educational Panel|
14 August 1939
Cashel, County Tipperary
|Political party||Fianna Fáil|
Born in Cashel, County Tipperary, Ó Murchú was an unsuccessful candidate in the 1993 elections for the 20th Seanad, standing on the Cultural and Educational Panel. In 1996, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Seán Dublin Bay Rockall Loftus awarded him the Dublin City Lord Mayors Award, in recognition of his many achievements in cultural and social work.
He stood again for election to Seanad Éireann in 1997, nominated by Comhaltas rather than by Fianna Fáil and was elected to the 21st Seanad. He was re-elected in 2002 to the 22nd Seanad and in 2007 to the 23rd Seanad.
In June 2010, Ó Murchú admitted to the Irish Daily Mail that he stayed in CCE headquarters for €50 a night bed and breakfast while attending Leinster House, but claimed a €126 overnight allowance. Critics claimed that he could earn up to €7,500 annually tax-free. On 7 July 2010, he resigned the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party whip, along with John Hanafin and Jim Walsh, in protest at the Civil Partnership bill. He rejoined the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party on 23 November 2010.
He was re-elected to the 24th Seanad in 2011, despite pressure on him to resign in order to make way for newer Fianna Fáil candidates, a strategy devised by party leader Micheál Martin due to Fianna Fáil's disastrous result at the 2011 general election.
On 15 September 2011, at a meeting of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party, the issue of the 2011 presidential election was raised. Unexpectedly, Ó Murchú sought to run as an independent candidate. This was widely seen as a challenge to the authority of Micheál Martin. The extended meeting broke up without agreement. The parliamentary party met again on 20 September. Ó Murchú withdrew his request for a nomination and a motion was passed that the party's Oireachtas members would not nominate or endorse any candidate.
In 2012, Ó Murchú was listed as having the worst attendance record of any Senator, having missed 19 of 61 votes.
He is the Fianna Fáil Seanad spokesperson on Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs.
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