Members of the 23rd Seanad

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This is a list of the members of the 23rd Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland. These Senators were elected from 24 July 2007 onwards after postal voting closed. The Taoiseach's nominees were announced on 3 August 2007. The Seanad election took place after the 2007 general election for the Dáil.[1] The term of the 23rd Seanad was from 24 July 2007 to 25 April 2011.[2] The 23rd Seanad first met at Leinster House on 13 September 2007.[3] Pat Moylan was elected as the new Cathaoirleach of the Seanad.[4]

Composition of the 23rd Seanad[edit]

There are a total of 60 seats in the Seanad. There are 43 Senators elected by the Vocational Panels, 6 elected by the Universities and 11 are nominated by the Taoiseach.

The following table shows the composition by party when the 23rd Seanad first met on 23 July 2007.

  Administrative Panel Agricultural Panel Cultural and Educational Panel Industrial and Commercial Panel Labour Panel National University of Ireland University of Dublin Nominated by the Taoiseach Total
Fianna Fáil 4 5 3 5 5 0 0 6 28
Fine Gael 2 4 1 3 4 0 0 0 14
Labour Party 1 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 6
Green Party 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Progressive Democrats 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Sinn Féin 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Independents 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 7
Total 7 11 5 9 11 3 3 11 60

Effect of changes[edit]

Party 20071 Nov. 20102 Mar. 20113
Fianna Fáil 28 25 26
Fine Gael 14 15 6
Labour Party 6 6 2
Green Party 2 3 3
Sinn Féin 1 0 0
Progressive Democrats 2 0 0
Independents 7 9 8
Vacant 0 2 15
Total 60
Notes
  1. ^ The 2007 column refers to the state of parties when 23rd Seanad first met in 2007.
  2. ^ The November 2010 column refers to the state of parties after the election of Pearse Doherty to the Dáil.
  3. ^ The March 2011 column refers to the state of parties after the 2011 Dáil election.

Graphical representation[edit]

This is a graphical comparison of party strengths in the 23rd Seanad in January 2011.

Seanad Éireann composition January 2011.svg

  • Note: This was not the official seating plan.

List of senators[edit]

  • Note: The entries for Senators who were elected or appointed to fill vacancies are shown in italics
Name Panel   Party Notes
Mark Daly Administrative Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Paschal Donohoe Administrative Panel   Fine Gael Elected to Dáil at the 2011 general election[5]
Camillus Glynn Administrative Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Tony Kett Administrative Panel   Fianna Fáil Died on 19 April 2009[6]
Nicky McFadden Administrative Panel   Fine Gael Elected to Dáil at the 2011 general election[5]
Brendan Ryan Administrative Panel   Labour Party Elected to Dáil at the 2011 general election[5]
Diarmuid Wilson Administrative Panel   Fianna Fáil  
James Carroll Administrative Panel   Fianna Fáil Elected to Seanad on 26 November 2009, replacing Tony Kett[7]
Paul Bradford Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael  
Paddy Burke Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael  
Peter Callanan Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil Died on 11 October 2009[8]
John Carty Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Pearse Doherty Agricultural Panel   Sinn Féin Elected to Dáil Éireann in a by-election on 26 November 2010[9]
Alan Kelly Agricultural Panel   Labour Party Elected to the European Parliament on 7 June 2009[10]
Pat Moylan Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil Cathaoirleach
Francis O'Brien Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil  
John Paul Phelan Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael Elected to Dáil at the 2011 general election[5]
Eugene Regan Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael  
Jim Walsh Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil Resigned the Fianna Fáil party whip on 7 July 2010[11]
Rejoined the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party on 23 November 2010[12]
Niall Ó Brolcháin Agricultural Panel   Green Party Elected to Seanad in a by-election on 14 December 2009, replacing Alan Kelly[13]
Paschal Mooney Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil Elected to Seanad in a by-election on 19 January 2010, replacing Peter Callanan[14]
Cecilia Keaveney Cultural and Educational Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Labhrás Ó Murchú Cultural and Educational Panel   Fianna Fáil Resigned the Fianna Fáil party whip on 7 July 2010[11]
Rejoined the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party on 23 November 2010[12]
Ann Ormonde Cultural and Educational Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Liam Twomey Cultural and Educational Panel   Fine Gael Elected to Dáil at the 2011 general election[5]
Alex White Cultural and Educational Panel   Labour Party Elected to Dáil at the 2011 general election[5]
Larry Butler Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil Resigned the Fianna Fáil party whip on 5 June 2010[15]
Paudie Coffey Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael Elected to Dáil at the 2011 general election[5]
Paul Coghlan Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael  
Dominic Hannigan Industrial and Commercial Panel   Labour Party Elected to Dáil at the 2011 general election[5]
Marc MacSharry Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Denis O'Donovan Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil Lost the Fianna Fáil party whip on 25 June 2010[11]
Rejoined the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party on 19 October 2010[16]
Joe O'Reilly Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael Elected to Dáil at the 2011 general election[5]
Kieran Phelan Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil Died on 26 May 2010[17]
Mary White Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Jerry Buttimer Labour Panel   Fine Gael Elected to Dáil at the 2011 general election[5]
Donie Cassidy Labour Panel   Fianna Fáil Leader of the Seanad
Maurice Cummins Labour Panel   Fine Gael  
Geraldine Feeney Labour Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Frances Fitzgerald Labour Panel   Fine Gael Elected to Dáil at the 2011 general election[5]
John Hanafin Labour Panel   Fianna Fáil Resigned the Fianna Fáil party whip on 7 July 2010[11]
Rejoined the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party on 23 November 2010[12]
Fidelma Healy Eames Labour Panel   Fine Gael  
Terry Leyden Labour Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Michael McCarthy Labour Panel   Labour Party Elected to Dáil at the 2011 general election[5]
Ned O'Sullivan Labour Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Phil Prendergast Labour Panel   Labour Party  
Rónán Mullen National University of Ireland   Independent  
Joe O'Toole National University of Ireland   Independent  
Feargal Quinn National University of Ireland   Independent  
Ivana Bacik University of Dublin   Independent Joined the Labour Party on 23 September 2009[18]
David Norris University of Dublin   Independent  
Shane Ross University of Dublin   Independent Elected to Dáil at the 2011 general election[5]
Dan Boyle Nominated by the Taoiseach   Green Party  
Martin Brady Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fianna Fáil  
Ivor Callely Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fianna Fáil Resigned the Fianna Fáil party whip on 5 June 2010[15]
Resigned from the Fianna Fáil party on 24 August 2010[19]
Ciarán Cannon Nominated by the Taoiseach   Progressive Democrats Joined Fine Gael on 24 March 2009[20]
Elected to Dáil at the 2011 general election[5]
Maria Corrigan Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fianna Fáil  
Déirdre de Búrca Nominated by the Taoiseach   Green Party Resigned from the Seanad on 12 February 2010[21]
John Ellis Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fianna Fáil  
Eoghan Harris Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent  
Lisa McDonald Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fianna Fáil  
Brian Ó Domhnaill Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fianna Fáil  
Fiona O'Malley Nominated by the Taoiseach   Progressive Democrats Sat as an independent on dissolution of the Progressive Democrats in December 2009[22]
Mark Dearey Nominated by the Taoiseach   Green Party Appointed on 23 February 2010, replacing Déirdre de Búrca[23]
Darragh O'Brien Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fianna Fáil Nominated on 4 March 2011 to fill vacancy[24]

Changes[edit]

Fourteen senators were elected to the 31st Dáil at the general election on 25 February 2011.[5]

Date Panel Gain Loss Notes
24 March 2009 Nominated by the Taoiseach Fine Gael Progressive Democrats Ciarán Cannon joins Fine Gael[20]
19 April 2009 Administrative Panel   Fianna Fáil Death of Tony Kett[6]
7 June 2009 Agricultural Panel   Labour Party Alan Kelly elected to the European Parliament[10]
23 September 2009 University of Dublin Labour Party Independent Ivana Bacik takes Labour Party whip[18]
11 October 2009 Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil Death of Peter Callanan[8]
26 November 2009 Administrative Panel Fianna Fáil   James Carroll declared elected without a by-election, replacing Tony Kett[7]
11 December 2009 Nominated by the Taoiseach Independent Progressive Democrats Fiona O'Malley becomes an independent on dissolution of the Progressive Democrats[22]
14 December 2009 Agricultural Panel Green Party   Niall Ó Brolcháin elected in a by-election, replacing Alan Kelly[13]
19 January 2010 Agricultural Panel Fianna Fáil   Paschal Mooney elected in a by-election, replacing Peter Callanan[14]
12 February 2010 Nominated by the Taoiseach   Green Party Déirdre de Búrca resigns from the Seanad[21]
23 February 2010 Nominated by the Taoiseach Green Party   Mark Dearey appointed, replacing Déirdre de Búrca[23]
26 May 2010 Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil Death of Kieran Phelan[17]
5 June 2010 Industrial and Commercial Panel Independent Fianna Fáil Larry Butler resigns the Fianna Fáil party whip[15]
5 June 2010 Nominated by the Taoiseach Independent Fianna Fáil Ivor Callely resigns the Fianna Fáil party whip[15]
25 June 2010 Industrial and Commercial Panel Independent Fianna Fáil Denis O'Donovan loses the Fianna Fáil party whip[11]
7 July 2010 Labour Panel Independent Fianna Fáil John Hanafin resigns the Fianna Fáil party whip[11]
7 July 2010 Agricultural Panel Independent Fianna Fáil Jim Walsh resigns the Fianna Fáil party whip[11]
7 July 2010 Cultural and Educational Panel Independent Fianna Fáil Labhrás Ó Murchú resigns the Fianna Fáil party whip[11]
24 August 2010 Nominated by the Taoiseach     Ivor Callely resigns from the Fianna Fáil party after expenses controversy[19]
19 October 2010 Industrial and Commercial Panel Fianna Fáil Independent Denis O'Donovan rejoined the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party[16]
23 November 2010 Agricultural Panel Fianna Fáil Independent Jim Walsh rejoins the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party[12]
23 November 2010 Labour Panel Fianna Fáil Independent John Hanafin rejoins the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party[12]
23 November 2010 Cultural and Educational Panel Fianna Fáil Independent Labhrás Ó Murchú rejoins Fianna Fáil parliamentary party[12]
26 November 2010 Agricultural Panel   Sinn Féin Pearse Doherty elected to Dáil Éireann in a by-election[9]
25 February 2011 Administrative Panel   Fine Gael Paschal Donohoe (FG) elected to Dáil Éireann[5]
25 February 2011 Administrative Panel   Fine Gael Nicky McFadden (FG) elected to Dáil Éireann[5]
25 February 2011 Administrative Panel   Labour Party Brendan Ryan (Lab) elected to Dáil Éireann[5]
25 February 2011 Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael John Paul Phelan (FG) elected to Dáil Éireann[5]
25 February 2011 Cultural and Educational Panel   Fine Gael Liam Twomey (FG) elected to Dáil Éireann[5]
25 February 2011 Cultural and Educational Panel   Labour Party Alex White (Lab) elected to Dáil Éireann[5]
25 February 2011 Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael Paudie Coffey (FG) elected to Dáil Éireann[5]
25 February 2011 Industrial and Commercial Panel   Labour Party Dominic Hannigan (Lab) elected to Dáil Éireann[5]
25 February 2011 Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael Joe O'Reilly (FG) elected to Dáil Éireann[5]
25 February 2011 Labour Panel   Fine Gael Jerry Buttimer (FG) elected to Dáil Éireann[5]
25 February 2011 Labour Panel   Fine Gael Frances Fitzgerald (FG) elected to Dáil Éireann[5]
25 February 2011 Labour Panel   Labour Party Michael McCarthy (Lab) elected to Dáil Éireann[5]
25 February 2011 University of Dublin   Independent Shane Ross (Ind) elected to Dáil Éireann[5]
25 February 2011 Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fine Gael Ciarán Cannon (FG) elected to Dáil Éireann[5]
4 March 2011 Nominated by the Taoiseach Fianna Fáil   Darragh O'Brien (FF) nominated to fill vacancy, replacing Ciarán Cannon[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Under the terms of the Constitution of Ireland, a general election for Seanad Éireann must take place within 90 days of the dissolution of Dáil Éireann by the President.
  2. ^ The 23rd Seanad may sit until 22 September 2012 at the latest, given that the 30th Dáil met for the first time on 14 June 2007.
  3. ^ "Iris Oifigiúil". 4 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "Moylan elected as new Cathaoirleach". Breakingnews.ie. 13 September 2007. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac "Seanad Éireann debates, Volume 207, 8 March 2011: Election of Members to Dáil Éireann". Oireachtas. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Mr. Tony Kett". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Mr. James Carroll". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Mr. Peter Callanan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Live updates: Donegal by-election count". RTÉ News. 26 November 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Mr. Alan Kelly". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h "Three FF Senators relinquish party whip". RTÉ News. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Cowen remains as FF leader after meeting". RTÉ News. 23 November 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Mr. Niall Ó Brolcháin". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Mooney re-elected to Seanad". The Irish Times. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Ivor Callely resigns FF party whip". RTÉ News. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  16. ^ a b "Fianna Fáil boycott of RTÉ's 'Frontline' proposed". The Irish Times. 20 October 2010. 
  17. ^ a b "Senator Kieran Phelan dies suddenly". RTÉ News. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  18. ^ a b "Ms. Ivana Bacik". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  19. ^ a b "Boyle urges Callely to resign from Seanád". RTÉ News. 25 August 2010. 
  20. ^ a b "Cannon formally joins Fine Gael". RTÉ News. 24 March 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2009. 
  21. ^ a b "Déirdre de Búrca's statement of resignation". RTÉ News. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  22. ^ a b "Ms. Fiona O'Malley". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  23. ^ a b "Green councillor nominated to Seanad". RTÉ News. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  24. ^ a b "Mr. Darragh O'Brien". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • "23rd Seanad". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 23 March 2010.