Nominated members of Seanad Éireann

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The composition of Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Oireachtas (parliament) of Ireland, is defined in outline by Article 18 of the Constitution of Ireland, which provides for 11 appointees that are nominated by the Taoiseach (prime minister). Additionally 6 senators are elected by the universities, and 5 Vocational Panels which together elect 43 senators, giving a total of 60 members.

The original intent was to guarantee the government a majority in the upper house. The nominees are usually aspiring Teachtaí Dála (TDs) or members of Dáil Éireann who lost their seats in the Dáil general election. Independent (non-party) members like Maurice Hayes and Gordon Wilson have also been appointed in the past. In 2011 the newly elected Taoiseach Enda Kenny appointed a record seven independent members of the Seanad.

24th Seanad (2011)[edit]

Nominated on 20 May 2011[edit]

Name Party
Eamonn Coghlan Independent
Jim D'Arcy Fine Gael
Aideen Hayden Labour Party
Lorraine Higgins Labour Party
Fiach Mac Conghail Independent
Martin McAleese Independent
Mary Moran Labour Party
Mary Ann O'Brien Independent
Marie-Louise O'Donnell Independent
Jillian van Turnhout Independent
Katherine Zappone Independent

Nominated on 19 July 2013[edit]

Nominated to replace Martin McAleese who resigned on 5 February 2013

Name Party
Hildegarde Naughton Fine Gael

23rd Seanad (2007)[edit]

Nominated on 3 August 2007[edit]

Name Party
Dan Boyle Green Party
Martin Brady Fianna Fáil
Ivor Callely Fianna Fáil
Ciarán Cannon Progressive Democrats
Maria Corrigan Fianna Fáil
Déirdre de Búrca Green Party
John Ellis Fianna Fáil
Eoghan Harris Independent
Lisa McDonald Fianna Fáil
Brian Ó Domhnaill Fianna Fáil
Fiona O'Malley Progressive Democrats

Nominated on 23 February 2010[edit]

Nominated to replace Déirdre de Búrca who resigned on 12 February 2010

Name Party
Mark Dearey Green Party

Nominated on 3 March 2011[edit]

Nominated to replace Ciarán Cannon who was elected to Dáil Éireann on 25 February 2011

Name Party
Darragh O'Brien Fianna Fáil

22nd Seanad (2002)[edit]

Nominated on 26 July 2002[edit]

Name Party
Cyprian Brady Fianna Fáil
Michael Brennan Progressive Democrats[1]
John Dardis Progressive Democrats
Maurice Hayes Independent
Brendan Kenneally Fianna Fáil
Michael Kitt Fianna Fáil
John Minihan Progressive Democrats
Tom Morrissey Progressive Democrat
Pat Moylan Fianna Fáil
Mary O'Rourke[2]
(Leader of the Seanad)
Fianna Fáil
Kate Walsh Progressive Democrats

Nominated on 3 May 2007[edit]

Nominated to replaced Kate Walsh who died on 24 April 2007.

Name Party
Colm O'Gorman Progressive Democrats

Nominated on 23 June 2007[edit]

Nominated to replace Mary O'Rourke, Cyprian Brady, Michael Kitt and Brendan Kenneally who were elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2007 Dáil general election on 24 May 2007.

Name Party
Donie Cassidy
(Leader of the Seanad)
Fianna Fáil
Chris Wall Fianna Fáil
Seán Dorgan Fianna Fáil
Peter Sands Fianna Fáil


  1. ^ Michael Brennan was nominated when still a member of Fianna Fáil.
  2. ^ Mary O'Rourke was Leader of the Seanad until her election to Dáil Éireann on 24 May 2007.