Michael Brennan (Progressive Democrats)
12 September 2002 – 3 August 2007
|Constituency||Nominated by the Taoiseach|
24 September 1946 |
County Limerick, Ireland
|Political party||Progressive Democrats,
Brennan was a Fianna Fáil member of Limerick County Council for over 20 years, and served as chairman of the council in 2000. He contested the 1997 general election as an Independent candidate having failed to get a Fianna Fáil nomination to run for the party. He later rejoined Fianna Fáil and was nominated by the Taoiseach to Seanad Éireann in 2002, but left the party again on 29 April 2004 to join the Progressive Democrats (PD), after a dispute arising from the end of the dual mandate.
Under the Local Government Act 2001, members of the Oireachtas could no longer serve as local councillors, and Brennan's wife Rose sought a Fianna Fáil nomination to stand for election as his successor in the Bruff Electoral Area. She did not win a nomination, and speculation that she would be imposed as a candidate by the national party did not happen. Rose Brennan also defected to the Progressive Democrats, and was elected as a PD County Councillor for Bruff. She subsequently became Vice Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, and in the 2009 local elections she was elected as a Fine Gael member of the council for the Adare area.
At the 2007 general election Brennan stood as a candidate for the Progressive Democrats in the Limerick West constituency. He polled 1,935 first preferences, 4.79% of the vote on a quota of 10,108 and did not win a seat. Brennan was not returned to the Seanad in the 2007 election.
- "Mr. Michael Brennan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 19 February 2008.
- Mark Brennock (29 April 2004). "FF Senator defects to PDs after election row". The Irish Times. Retrieved 4 March 2008.
- Arthur Beesley (10 June 2004). "Fianna Fáil hopes to hold on to seats". The Irish Times. Retrieved 20 February 2008.
- "Rose Brennan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2008.
- "Michael Brennan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2008.