Jennifer Murnane O'Connor

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Jennifer Murnane O'Connor
Assumed office
27 April 2016
Constituency Labour Panel
Personal details
Born Jennifer Murnane
(1966-05-24) May 24, 1966 (age 52)
Graiguecullen, County Carlow, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Pat O'Connor
Children 4
Alma mater Cork Institute of Technology

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor (born 24 May 1966) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who has served as a Senator for the Labour Panel since April 2016.[1][2]

She was elected for the Labour Panel to the 25th Seanad in April 2016, having narrowly missed out on a Dáil seat in 2016 general election.[3]

Political career[edit]

Murnane O'Connor first ran for the Dáil in 2011, when she polled 6% of the first preference vote in Carlow–Kilkenny for Fianna Fáil.

She did not run in the 2015 by-election in the constituency, caused by the appointment of Phil Hogan to the European Commission, but was chosen to contest the 2016 general rlection as the Carlow-based candidate on a Fianna Fáil ticket that also featured sitting TDs John McGuinness and Bobby Aylward (who won the 2015 by-election). Murnane O'Connor polled 12% of the first preference vote but was not elected.

Murnane O'Connor was elected to the 25th Seanad, on the Labour Panel, in April 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Murnane O'Connor is the daughter of former Carlow County Councillor Jimmy Murnane, who served on the local council for several years. She was co-opted to Carlow Urban District Council in 1999 following her father's retirement. She topped the polls for both for the Urban & County Council at the following elections.[4][5][6]

Prior to her election as a politician at a national level, she worked in Graham's; a shoe shop in Carlow town.

She married Pat O'Connor in 1985. They have two sons and two daughters.


  1. ^ "Ms. Jennifer Murnane O'Connor". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "Jennifer Murnane O'Connor". The Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
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  4. ^ "Carlow County Council Election (2004)". Retrieved 28 March 2018. 
  5. ^ "Carlow County Council Election (2009)". Retrieved 28 March 2018. 
  6. ^ "Carlow County Council Election (2014)". Retrieved 28 March 2018. 

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