John Blennerhassett (politician)

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For other people of the same name, see John Blennerhassett.

John Blennerhassett (1930 – 22 September 2013) was an Irish Fine Gael politician from County Kerry.[1]

A farm owner and former drapery buyer, he stood as a Fine Gael candidate for Dáil Éireann in the Kerry North constituency at the 1969, 1973, and 1977 general elections.[2]

Blennerhassett did not stand for the Dáil again, but after his 1973 defeat he was nominated by the Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave to the 13th Seanad. He was re-elected in 1977 to the 14th Seanad and in 1981 to the 15th Seanad.

A previous John Blennerhassett was Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer from 1621–24. He belonged to the Fermanagh branch of the family and was a cousin of Robert Blennerhassett who founded the Kerry branch.

He died in September 2013.[3]


  1. ^ "Mr. John Blennerhassett". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 8 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "John Blennerhassett". Retrieved 8 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "Tributes paid to former Senator and Tralee councillor John Blennerhassett". The Irish Times. 24 September 2013.