July 2007 – April 2011
|Constituency||Cultural and Educational Panel|
April 1996 – May 2007
27 November 1968 |
Derry, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Fianna Fáil|
|Alma mater||University of Ulster|
Cecilia was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. She was educated at Carndonagh Community School in the Inishowen peninsula, County Donegal, in Ireland and then at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Northern Ireland. She is a former music teacher.
Keaveney was first elected to Dáil Éireann for Donegal North-East in a by-election on 2 April 1996 following the death of Independent Fianna Fáil TD Neil Blaney. She was re-elected at the 1997 general election and 2002 general election but lost her seat at the 2007 general election.
Keaveney was formerly chairperson of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Sports, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Keaveney lost her seat in a tough 2007 election battle where all three outgoing TDs were Fianna Fáil members. Under the Single transferable vote proportional representation electoral system used in Ireland, it was virtually impossible for all three to be elected. This unusual situation arose when in July 2006 outgoing Fianna Fáil TD Jim McDaid reversed his earlier announcement that he would not seek a nomination to contest the election. In the intervening period Independent Fianna Fáil and its sole TD Niall Blaney had been absorbed into Fianna Fáil. As a result, Joe McHugh of Fine Gael won a seat at her expense.
She did not contest the 2011 Seanad election.
(Independent Fianna Fáil)
|Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Donegal North-East