Members of the 8th Seanad

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This is a list of the members of the 8th Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland. These Senators were elected or appointed in 1954, after the 1954 general election and served until the close of poll for the 9th Seanad in 1957.

Composition of the 8th Seanad[edit]

There are a total of 60 seats in the Seanad. 43 Senators are 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 8th Seanad first met on 22 July 1954.

  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 3 3 2 4 1 0 0 0 13
Fine Gael 2 3 1 2 1 1 0 3 13
Labour Party 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 3 10
Clann na Talmhan 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
Independents 0 2 1 1 2 2 3 2 13
Total 7 11 5 9 11 3 3 11 60
  • Note: The figure above do not add up due to the Senators whose political affiliations are currently unknown.

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
Gerry L'Estrange Administrative Panel   Fine Gael  
James McGee Administrative Panel   (unknown) Died on 19 January 1956[1]
John L. O'Sullivan Administrative Panel   Fine Gael  
Margaret Mary Pearse Administrative Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Thomas Ruane Administrative Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Patrick Teehan Administrative Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Louis Walsh Administrative Panel   (unknown)  
William Woods Administrative Panel   (unknown) Elected to Seanad at a by-election on 14 May 1956, replacing James McGee[2]
Patrick Baxter Agricultural Panel   Clann na Talmhan Cathaoirleach
Patrick Cogan Agricultural Panel   Independent  
Bernard Commons Agricultural Panel   Clann na Talmhan  
John Mannion, Snr Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael  
James J. McCrea Agricultural Panel   Labour Party  
William O'Callaghan Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael  
Patrick O'Reilly Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Timothy O'Sullivan Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Micheál Prendergast Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael  
William Quirke Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil Died on 5 March 1955[3]
John Donnelly Sheridan Agricultural Panel   (unknown)  
Joe Sheridan Agricultural Panel   Independent Elected to Seanad at a by-election on 14 May 1956, replacing William Quirke[4]
James Crosbie Cultural and Educational Panel   Fine Gael  
Michael ffrench-O'Carroll Cultural and Educational Panel   Independent  
Eamonn Kissane Cultural and Educational Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Liam Ó Buachalla Cultural and Educational Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Thomas J. O'Connell Cultural and Educational Panel   Labour Party  
Seamus Bohan Industrial and Commercial Panel   Independent Elected to Seanad at a by-election on 14 May 1956, replacing Andrew Clarkin[5]
Denis Burke Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael  
Andrew Clarkin Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil Died on 23 November 1955[6]
Mary Davidson Industrial and Commercial Panel   Labour Party  
Jane Dowdall Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Seán Hartney Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil  
John Lynch Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael  
Peter Lynch Industrial and Commercial Panel   (unknown)  
Edward McGuire Industrial and Commercial Panel   Independent  
James O'Keeffe Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael Elected to Seanad at a by-election on 14 May 1956, replacing Matthew Smith[7]
Matthew Smith Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil Died on 3 November 1955[8]
Richard Anthony Labour Panel   Independent  
John Butler Labour Panel   Labour Party  
Victor Carton Labour Panel   Fine Gael  
Patrick Crowley Labour Panel   Labour Party  
Frederick Hawkins Labour Panel   (unknown) Died on 2 August 1956[9]
Seán Hayes Labour Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Liam Kelly Labour Panel   Independent  
Dominick Murphy Labour Panel   Labour Party  
Frank Purcell Labour Panel   (unknown)  
Seán Ruane Labour Panel   (unknown)  
Patrick Tierney Labour Panel   Labour Party  
Henry Barniville National University of Ireland   Fine Gael  
Roger McHugh National University of Ireland   Independent  
George O'Brien National University of Ireland   Independent  
William Fearon University of Dublin   Independent  
Owen Sheehy-Skeffington University of Dublin   Independent  
William Bedell Stanford University of Dublin   Independent  
Patrick Bergin Nominated by the Taoiseach   Labour Party  
Arthur Cox Nominated by the Taoiseach   (unknown)  
James G. Douglas Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent Died on 16 September 1954[10]
John Douglas Nominated by the Taoiseach   (unknown) Nominated on 1 October 1954, replacing James G. Douglas[11]
Henry Eustace Guinness Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent  
Michael Hayes Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fine Gael  
James Hickey Nominated by the Taoiseach   Labour Party  
John Meighan Nominated by the Taoiseach   Clann na Talmhan  
Frank J. Hugh O'Donnell Nominated by the Taoiseach   (unknown)  
Patrick O'Gorman Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fine Gael  
James Reidy Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fine Gael  
James Tunney Nominated by the Taoiseach   Labour Party  

Changes[edit]

Date Panel Gain Loss Note
22 July 1954 Agricultural Panel   Clann na Talmhan Patrick Baxter elected as Cathaoirleach
16 September 1954 Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent Death of James G. Douglas[10]
1 October 1954 Nominated by the Taoiseach     John Douglas nominated to replace James G. Douglas[11]
5 March 1955 Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil Death of William Quirke[3]
3 November 1955 Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil Death of Matthew Smith[8]
23 November 1955 Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil Death of Andrew Clarkin[6]
19 January 1956 Administrative Panel     Death of James McGee[1]
14 May 1956 Industrial and Commercial Panel Independent   Seamus Bohan elected at a by-election to replace Andrew Clarkin[5]
14 May 1956 Industrial and Commercial Panel Fine Gael   James O'Keeffe elected at a by-election to replace Matthew Smith[7]
14 May 1956 Agricultural Panel Independent   Joe Sheridan elected at a by-election to replace William Quirke[4]
14 May 1956 Administrative Panel     William Woods elected at a by-election to replace James McGee[2]
2 August 1956 Labour Panel     Death of Frederick Hawkins[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mr. James McGee". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Mr. William Woods". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Mr. William Quirke". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Mr. Joseph Sheridan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Mr. Seamus Bohan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Mr. Andrew Clarkin". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Mr. James O'Keeffe". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Mr. Matthew Smith". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "Mr. Frederick Hawkins". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Mr. James Douglas". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  11. ^ a b "Mr. John Douglas". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 

External links[edit]

  • "8th Seanad". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 10 September 2009.