Members of the 24th Seanad

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24th Seanad Éireann
23rd Seanad 25th Seanad
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Overview
Jurisdiction Ireland
Meeting place Leinster House
Term 25 May 2011 –
Members 60
Cathaoirleach Paddy Burke
Leas-Chathaoirleach Denis O'Donovan
Leader of the
Seanad
Maurice Cummins
Deputy Leader of the Seanad Ivana Bacik
Leader of the
Opposition
Darragh O'Brien
Sessions
1st 25 May 2011 – 27 July 2011
2nd 14 September 2011 – 20 July 2012
3rd 19 September 2012 – 24 July 2013
4th 20 August 2013 – 31 July 2014
5th 17 September 2014 –

This is a list of the members of the 24th Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland. These Senators were elected on 27 April 2011 after postal voting closed.[1] The Taoiseach's nominees were announced on 20 May 2011.[2] The Seanad election took place 60 days after the 2011 general election for the Dáil.[3] The 24th Seanad first met at Leinster House on 25 May 2011.[4] Paddy Burke was elected as the new Cathaoirleach of the Seanad.[5]

Composition of the 24th Seanad[edit]

There are a total of 60 seats in the Seanad. There are 43 Senators elected by the Vocational Panels, 6 elected by the Universities and 11 are nominated by the Taoiseach.

The following table shows the composition by party when the 24th Seanad first met on 25 May 2011.

  Administrative Panel Agricultural Panel Cultural and Educational Panel Industrial and Commercial Panel Labour Panel National University of Ireland[6] University of Dublin Nominated by the Taoiseach Total
Fine Gael 3 4 2 4 5 0 0 1 19
Fianna Fáil 2 4 2 3 3 0 0 0 14
Labour Party 2 2 1 1 2 0 1 3 12
Sinn Féin 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 3
Independent 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 7 12
Total 7 11 5 9 11 3 3 11 60

Effect of Changes over the lifetime of the 24th Senate[edit]

  May 2011 Feb. 2016[na 1]
Fine Gael 19 15
Fianna Fáil 14 10
Labour Party 12 11
Sinn Féin 3 2
Renua Ireland 0 1
Social Democrats 0 1
Independent 12 13
Total 60 53
Notes
  1. ^ February 2016 column refers to the state of the parties after the 2016 general election.

List of senators[edit]

  • Note: The entries for Senators who were elected or appointed to fill vacancies are shown in italics
Name Panel   Party Notes
Martin Conway Administrative Panel   Fine Gael  
Mark Daly Administrative Panel   Fianna Fáil Lost the Fianna Fáil party whip in December 2014.[7] Re-gained the party whip in February 2015.[8]
Michael W. D'Arcy Administrative Panel   Fine Gael Elected to Dáil at the 2016 general election
John Kelly Administrative Panel   Labour Party  
Denis Landy Administrative Panel   Labour Party  
Tom Sheahan Administrative Panel   Fine Gael  
Diarmuid Wilson Administrative Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Paul Bradford Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael Lost the Fine Gael party whip in July 2013. Joined Renua Ireland in March 2015.
Paddy Burke Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael Cathaoirleach[5]
Michael Comiskey Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael  
James Heffernan Agricultural Panel   Labour Party Lost the Labour Party whip in December 2012. Joined the Social Democrats in September 2015.
Paschal Mooney Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Trevor Ó Clochartaigh Agricultural Panel   Sinn Féin  
Brian Ó Domhnaill Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Denis O'Donovan Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil Leas-Chathaoirleach
Susan O'Keeffe Agricultural Panel   Labour Party  
Pat O'Neill Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael  
Jim Walsh Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil Resigned the Fianna Fáil party whip in March 2015[9]
Thomas Byrne Cultural and Educational Panel   Fianna Fáil Elected to Dáil at the 2016 general election
Deirdre Clune Cultural and Educational Panel   Fine Gael Resigned from the Seanad in May 2014 after being elected to the European Parliament[10]
John Gilroy Cultural and Educational Panel   Labour Party  
Michael Mullins Cultural and Educational Panel   Fine Gael  
Labhrás Ó Murchú Cultural and Educational Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Gerard Craughwell Cultural and Educational Panel   Independent Elected in a by-election on 10 October 2014, replacing Deirdre Clune[10][11]
Colm Burke Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael  
Paul Coghlan Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael  
Jimmy Harte Industrial and Commercial Panel   Labour Party Resigned from the Seanad in September 2015[12]
Imelda Henry Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael  
Marc MacSharry Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil Elected to Dáil at the 2016 general election
Catherine Noone Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael  
Averil Power Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil Resigned from the Fianna Fáil party in May 2015.[13]
Kathryn Reilly Industrial and Commercial Panel   Sinn Féin  
Mary White Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Máiría Cahill Industrial and Commercial Panel   Labour Party Elected in a by-election on 13 November 2015, replacing Jimmy Harte.
Terry Brennan Labour Panel   Fine Gael  
David Cullinane Labour Panel   Sinn Féin Elected to Dáil at the 2016 general election
Maurice Cummins Labour Panel   Fine Gael Leader of the Seanad
Fidelma Healy Eames Labour Panel   Fine Gael Lost the Fine Gael party whip in July 2013
Cáit Keane Labour Panel   Fine Gael  
Terry Leyden Labour Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Marie Moloney Labour Panel   Labour Party  
Tony Mulcahy Labour Panel   Fine Gael  
Darragh O'Brien Labour Panel   Fianna Fáil Elected to Dáil at the 2016 general election
Ned O'Sullivan Labour Panel   Fianna Fáil  
John Whelan Labour Panel   Labour Party  
John Crown National University of Ireland   Independent  
Rónán Mullen National University of Ireland   Independent  
Feargal Quinn National University of Ireland   Independent  
Ivana Bacik University of Dublin   Labour Party Deputy Leader of the Seanad
Sean Barrett University of Dublin   Independent  
David Norris University of Dublin   Independent  
Eamonn Coghlan Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent Joined Fine Gael on 7 February 2012[14]
Jim D'Arcy Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fine Gael  
Aideen Hayden Nominated by the Taoiseach   Labour Party  
Lorraine Higgins Nominated by the Taoiseach   Labour Party  
Fiach Mac Conghail Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent  
Martin McAleese Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent Resigned from the Seanad on 5 February 2013[15]
Mary Moran Nominated by the Taoiseach   Labour Party  
Mary Ann O'Brien Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent  
Marie-Louise O'Donnell Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent  
Jillian van Turnhout Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent  
Katherine Zappone Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent Elected to Dáil at the 2016 general election
Hildegarde Naughton Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fine Gael Appointed on 19 July 2013, replacing Martin McAleese.[16] Elected to Dáil at the 2016 general election

Changes[edit]

Date Panel Gain Loss Note
7 February 2012 Nominated by the Taoiseach Fine Gael Independent Eamonn Coghlan joins Fine Gael.[14]
21 December 2012 Agricultural Panel Independent Labour Party James Heffernan loses the parliamentary Labour Party whip.
5 February 2013 Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent Martin McAleese resigns from the Seanad.[15]
16 July 2013 Labour Panel Independent Fine Gael Fidelma Healy Eames loses the Fine Gael party whip for voting against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.[17]
16 July 2013 Agricultural Panel Independent Fine Gael Paul Bradford loses the Fine Gael party whip for voting against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.[17]
19 July 2013 Nominated by the Taoiseach Fine Gael   Hildegarde Naughton appointed, replacing Martin McAleese.[16]
27 May 2014 Cultural and Educational Panel   Fine Gael Deirdre Clune resigns from the Seanad after being elected to the European Parliament.[10]
10 October 2014 Cultural and Educational Panel Independent   Gerard Craughwell wins by-election to replace Deirdre Clune.[11]
21 December 2014 Administrative Panel Independent Fianna Fáil Mark Daly loses the Fianna Fáil party whip on Water Services Bill.[7]
3 February 2015 Administrative Panel Fianna Fáil Independent Mark Daly re-gains the Fianna Fáil party whip.[8]
13 March 2015 Agricultural Panel Renua Ireland Independent Paul Bradford joins Renua Ireland on its foundation.[18]
26 March 2015 Agricultural Panel Independent Fianna Fáil Jim Walsh resigns the Fianna Fáil party whip in opposition to the Children and Family Relationships Bill 2015 and the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015.[9]
25 May 2015 Industrial and Commercial Panel Independent Fianna Fáil Averil Power resigns from the Fianna Fáil party.[13]
3 September 2015 Agricultural Panel Social Democrats Independent James Heffernan joins the Social Democrats.[19]
23 September 2015 Industrial and Commercial Panel   Labour Party Jimmy Harte resigns from the Seanad.[12]
November 2015 Industrial and Commercial Panel Labour Party   Máiría Cahill elected in by-election.
26 February 2016 Cultural and Educational Panel   Fianna Fáil Thomas Byrne elected to the 32nd Dáil.
26 February 2016 Labour Panel   Sinn Féin David Cullinane elected to the 32nd Dáil.
26 February 2016 Administrative Panel   Fine Gael Michael D'Arcy elected to the 32nd Dáil.
26 February 2016 Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil Marc MacSharry elected to the 32nd Dáil.
26 February 2016 Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fine Gael Hildegarde Naughton elected to the 32nd Dáil.
26 February 2016 Labour Panel   Fianna Fáil Darragh O'Brien elected to the 32nd Dáil.
26 February 2016 Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent Katherine Zappone elected to the 32nd Dáil.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ De Bréadún, Deaglán (8 February 2011). "Ó Cuív announces details of what may be final Seanad election". The Irish Times. 
  2. ^ Elaine Edwards (20 May 2011). "McAleese appointed to Seanad". Irish Times. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Under the terms of the Constitution of Ireland, a general election for Seanad Éireann must take place within 90 days of the dissolution of Dáil Éireann by the President.
  4. ^ "New Seanad holds first meeting". Irish Times. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Paddy Burke elected as Seanad Cathaoirleach". RTÉ News. 25 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "NUI Panel Full Results" (PDF). NUI Returning Office. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Senator Mark Daly expelled from Fianna Fáil parliamentary party for defying whip on water Bill". 21 December 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Kerry Senator readmitted to the FF parliamentary party". Radio Kerry. 3 February 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Conservative senator Jim Walsh resigns from Fianna Fáil parliamentary party". 26 March 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c "Resignation of Member". 4 June 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Gerard Craughwell wins Seanad by-election". RTÉ News. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Labour Senator Jimmy Harte resigns from Upper House". The Irish Times. 23 September 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Averil Power quits Fianna Fáil party". RTÉ News. 25 May 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Former Olympic athlete Eamonn Coghlan joins Fine Gael". TheJournal.ie. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Martin McAleese to resign from Seanad". RTÉ News. 1 February 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Enda Kenny nominates Hildegarde Naughton to Seanad". RTÉ News. 19 July 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Seanad passes abortion legislation second stage". RTÉ News. 16 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Creighton says new party Renua Ireland about open politics". RTÉ News. 13 March 2015. 
  19. ^ "Former Labour Senator James Heffernan joins Social Democrats". Irish Independent. 3 September 2015. 

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