John Brennan (Irish senator)

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John J. Brennan (1901 – 6 August 1977)[1] was a draper and publican, a Fianna Fáil politician and a member of Seanad Éireann from 1960 to 1977.[2]

He was from Clontibret in County Monaghan and was active in the Old IRA during the Irish War of Independence.[2] He was elected to the County Council in 1942.[2] In Castleblayney, he was chair of the urban district council and president of the chamber of commerce.[2] He stood unsuccessfully for Dáil Éireann in Monaghan in the elections of 1948,[2][3] 1954,[2][3] and 1957.[3] He was a friend and early political backer of Erskine H. Childers, Monaghan TD and later President of Ireland.[2]

He was elected to the 9th Seanad on 9 February 1960 at a by-election to the Administrative Panel[1] caused by the death of John O'Leary.[4] He was elected to the 11th (1965) and 13th (1973) Seanad from the Industrial and Commercial Panel,[1] and was nominated by the Taoiseach to the 10th Seanad in 1961 and to the 12th Seanad in 1969.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "John J. Brennan". Members Database. Oireachtas. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Senator John Brennan dies aged 76". The Irish Times. 8 August 1977. p. 13. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  3. ^ a b c "John Brennan". Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  4. ^ "Two vacancies in Senate filled". The Irish Times. 10 February 1960. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-06-21.