Members of the 24th Seanad

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This is a list of the members of the 24th Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland. These Senators were elected on 27 April 2011 after postal voting closed.[1] The Taoiseach's nominees were announced on 20 May 2011.[2] The Seanad election took place 60 days after the 2011 general election for the Dáil.[3] The 24th Seanad first met at Leinster House on 25 May 2011.[4] Paddy Burke was elected as the new Cathaoirleach of the Seanad.[5]

Composition of the 24th 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 24th Seanad first met on 25 May 2011.

  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
Fine Gael 3 4 2 4 5 0 0 1 19
Fianna Fáil 2 4 2 3 3 0 0 0 14
Labour Party 2 2 1 1 2 0 1 3 12
Sinn Féin 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 3
Independents 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 7 12
Total 7 11 5 9 11 3 3 11 60

Effect of changes[edit]

  May 2011 May 2014[na 1]
Fine Gael 19 18
Fianna Fáil 14 14
Labour Party 12 11
Sinn Féin 3 3
Independents 12 13
Vacant 0 1
Total 60 60
Notes
  1. ^ May 2014 column refers to the state of parties after the election of Deirdre Clune to the European Parliament.

Graphical representation[edit]

This is a graphical comparison of current party strengths in the 24th Seanad.


Current Seanad Éireann composition.svg


  • Note: This is 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
Martin Conway Administrative Panel   Fine Gael  
Mark Daly Administrative Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Michael W. D'Arcy Administrative Panel   Fine Gael  
John Kelly Administrative Panel   Labour Party  
Denis Landy Administrative Panel   Labour Party  
Tom Sheahan Administrative Panel   Fine Gael  
Diarmuid Wilson Administrative Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Paul Bradford Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael Lost the Fine Gael whip in July 2013
Paddy Burke Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael Cathaoirleach[5]
Michael Comiskey Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael  
James Heffernan Agricultural Panel   Labour Party Lost the Labour Party whip in December 2012
Paschal Mooney Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Trevor Ó Clochartaigh Agricultural Panel   Sinn Féin  
Brian Ó Domhnaill Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Denis O'Donovan Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil Leas-Chathaoirleach
Susan O'Keeffe Agricultural Panel   Labour Party  
Pat O'Neill Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael  
Jim Walsh Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Thomas Byrne Cultural and Educational Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Deirdre Clune Cultural and Educational Panel   Fine Gael Resigned from the Seanad in May 2014 after being elected to the European Parliament[6]
John Gilroy Cultural and Educational Panel   Labour Party  
Michael Mullins Cultural and Educational Panel   Fine Gael  
Labhrás Ó Murchú Cultural and Educational Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Colm Burke Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael  
Paul Coghlan Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael  
Jimmy Harte Industrial and Commercial Panel   Labour Party  
Imelda Henry Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael  
Marc MacSharry Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Catherine Noone Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael  
Averil Power Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Kathryn Reilly Industrial and Commercial Panel   Sinn Féin  
Mary White Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Terry Brennan Labour Panel   Fine Gael  
David Cullinane Labour Panel   Sinn Féin  
Maurice Cummins Labour Panel   Fine Gael Leader of the Seanad
Fidelma Healy Eames Labour Panel   Fine Gael Lost the Fine Gael whip in July 2013
Cáit Keane Labour Panel   Fine Gael  
Terry Leyden Labour Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Marie Moloney Labour Panel   Labour Party  
Tony Mulcahy Labour Panel   Fine Gael  
Darragh O'Brien Labour Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Ned O'Sullivan Labour Panel   Fianna Fáil  
John Whelan Labour Panel   Labour Party  
John Crown National University of Ireland   Independent  
Rónán Mullen National University of Ireland   Independent  
Feargal Quinn National University of Ireland   Independent  
Ivana Bacik University of Dublin   Labour Party Deputy Leader of the Seanad
Sean Barrett University of Dublin   Independent  
David Norris University of Dublin   Independent  
Eamonn Coghlan Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent Joined Fine Gael on 7 February 2012[7]
Jim D'Arcy Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fine Gael  
Aideen Hayden Nominated by the Taoiseach   Labour Party  
Lorraine Higgins Nominated by the Taoiseach   Labour Party  
Fiach Mac Conghail Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent  
Martin McAleese Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent Resigned from the Seanad on 5 February 2013[8]
Mary Moran Nominated by the Taoiseach   Labour Party  
Mary Ann O'Brien Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent  
Marie-Louise O'Donnell Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent  
Jillian van Turnhout Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent  
Katherine Zappone Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent  
Hildegarde Naughton Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fine Gael Appointed on 19 July 2013, replacing Martin McAleese[9]

Changes[edit]

Date Panel Gain Loss Notes
7 February 2012 Nominated by the Taoiseach Fine Gael Independent Eamonn Coghlan joins Fine Gael[7]
21 December 2012 Agricultural Panel Independent Labour Party James Heffernan loses the parliamentary Labour Party whip.
5 February 2013 Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent Martin McAleese resigns from the Seanad.[8]
16 July 2013 Labour Panel Independent Fine Gael Fidelma Healy Eames loses the Fine Gael party whip for voting against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.[10]
16 July 2013 Agricultural Panel Independent Fine Gael Paul Bradford loses the Fine Gael party whip for voting against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.[10]
19 July 2013 Nominated by the Taoiseach Fine Gael   Hildegarde Naughton appointed, replacing Martin McAleese.[9]
27 May 2014 Cultural and Educational Panel   Fine Gael Deirdre Clune resigns from the Seanad after being elected to the European Parliament.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ De Bréadún, Deaglán (8 February 2011). "Ó Cuív announces details of what may be final Seanad election". The Irish Times. 
  2. ^ Elaine Edwards (20 May 2011). "McAleese appointed to Seanad". Irish Times. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "New Seanad holds first meeting". Irish Times. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Paddy Burke elected as Seanad Cathaoirleach". RTÉ News. 25 May 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Resignation of Member". 4 June 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Former Olympic athlete Eamonn Coghlan joins Fine Gael". TheJournal.ie. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Martin McAleese to resign from Seanad". RTÉ News. 1 February 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Enda Kenny nominates Hildegarde Naughton to Seanad". RTÉ News. 19 July 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Seanad passes abortion legislation second stage". RTÉ News. 16 July 2013. 

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