Catherine Noone

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Catherine Noone
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Deputy Leader of Seanad Éireann
Assumed office
1 July 2016
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Leo Varadkar
LeaderJerry Buttimer
Preceded byIvana Bacik
Assumed office
24 April 2011
ConstituencyIndustrial and Commercial Panel
Personal details
Catherine Anna Noone

(1976-06-24) 24 June 1976 (age 43)[1]
Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Alma materNUI Galway

Catherine Anna Noone (born 24 June 1976) is an Irish Fine Gael politician.[2] She was elected to the 24th Seanad in April 2011 on the Industrial and Commercial Panel.[3]

She was a member of Dublin City Council from 2009 to 2011 for the South East Inner City electoral area when she was elected on the last count over 200 votes short of a quota.[4]

Originally from County Mayo, she studied law in National University of Ireland, Galway and is a practising solicitor.[1]

She was the Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Arts and Culture.

In 2015, Noone called for Mixed Martial Arts to be banned in the Republic of Ireland, citing it as a "vile so-called sport" and announced she had sent a letter to the then Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe asking for his view on the idea.[5] This was met with widespread criticism in Ireland. During an interview with Ryan Tubridy on the matter, it was revealed Noone she had never once seen an MMA match, was not familiar with how the sport operated, and at points seems to confuse it with professional wrestling, believing the fights to be pre-determined.[6] Following the interview Noone made an about-face, admitting she had "jumped the gun" on the issue and later within the same month called for the Irish Sports Council to recognise MMA.[7][8]

Noone stood for the Dáil in the 2016 general election in the four seater Dublin West constituency but was eliminated after the second count with 1,074 first preference votes.[9] She was later nominated for the Seanad and was elected on the 26th count. After being elected to her second term in Seanad Éireann, she was appointed by the Taoiseach as Deputy Leader of Seanad Éireann in July 2016.

In 2017, Noone was chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, which recommended that it be repealed.[10] Noone was then one of the primary members of Fine Gael who campaigned for a yes vote in the subsequent referendum of 2018, which ultimately lead to the repeal of the amendment in Ireland.[11]


  1. ^ a b Collins, Stephen (2011). Nealon's Guide to the 31st Dáil and 24th Seanad. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. p. 204. ISBN 9780717150595.
  2. ^ "Catherine Noone". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Senators elected to the new Seanad". RTÉ News. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Catherine Noone". Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  5. ^ O'Neill, Michael. "Senator Catherine Noone believes MMA is a 'vile sport' or at least she did!". Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  6. ^ Harrington, Joe (January 2015). "Catherine Noone's interview about UFC on 2fm that will really frustrate MMA fans". Joe. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  7. ^ Blake, Ben (26 January 2015). "Senator who called for UFC to be banned in Ireland admits she 'jumped the gun'". the 42. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  8. ^ Madden, Patrick (14 January 2015). "Catherine Noone backtracks on UFC comments". Irish Times. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Dublin West: 2016 general election". Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  10. ^ Kinsella, Carl. "Senator Catherine Noone has provided a blueprint for 2018's abortion debate". Joe. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  11. ^ McKenna Barry, Sarah (23 October 2018). "Repeal Campaigners Receive The Overall Award At The Women Of The Year Awards". Gcn. Retrieved 8 July 2019. Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone was also included in the overall award in recognition of the role she played as chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment which recommended that Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution be repealed.

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