Neale Richmond

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Neale Richmond
Senator Neale Richmond 2017.jpg
Assumed office
27 April 2016
Constituency Labour Panel
Personal details
Born (1983-03-15) 15 March 1983 (age 35)
Ballinteer, Dublin, Ireland
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Babs Richmond (m. 2015)
Education Wesley College
Alma mater University College Dublin

Neale Richmond (born 15 March 1983) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as a Senator for the Labour Panel since April 2016.[1]


A native of Ballinteer, Richmond was educated at Wesley College before graduating from University College Dublin with a BA in History and an MA in Political Science.[2]

Political career[edit]

Richmond was elected to Seanad Eireann in 2016,[3] previously elected to Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council in 2009 to represent the Glencullen–Sandyford electoral area. Richmond was re-elected in 2014 on the first count. Following his re-election to the Council, he was appointed by the Taoiseach as one of Ireland's nine delegates to the European Committee of the Regions.

He was appointed Chair of the Seanad Select Committee on the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union on 23 February 2017.[4]

He has previously worked as an advisor in the European Parliament and Dáil Éireann as well as a Projects Manager in the not for profit sector while he has spent considerable spending time working in Africa as a volunteer. He was Campaign Manager for Olivia Mitchell TD in the 2011 general election.

Political views[edit]

Richmond wears a Remembrance poppy[5] which commemorates soldiers who died fighting for the United Kingdom and British Empire. He added that he considers the Easter lily "has become offensive".[6]

He is a strong supporter of marriage equality[7] and was heavily involved in the Repeal the Eighth campaign[8] which has paved the way for abortion to be legalized in Ireland.

Richmond is pro-European and has been a prominent critic of Brexit[9], as well as a noted critic of Sinn Fein[10].


  1. ^ "Mr. Neale Richmond". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "About - Sen. Neale Richmond". 
  3. ^ "Seanad Vote Counting Resumes". RTÉ News. 
  4. ^ "Richmond to Chair Seanad Brexit Committee". 
  5. ^ "'Fair play to him': Minister reacts to Varadkar wearing poppy". 
  6. ^ Richmond, Sen Neale (3 November 2017). "I thought it was an apt response". 
  7. ^ Richmond, Neale. "Opinion: Same-sex marriage will be decided by the silent (possibly disinterested) majority". The Journal. Archived from the original on |archive-url= requires |archive-date= (help). Retrieved 12/09/2018.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ Richmond, Neale. "A quick message for "the lads" with one week to go to polling day". Twitter. Archived from the original on |archive-url= requires |archive-date= (help). Retrieved 12/09/2018.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ Richmond, Neale. "Ireland Should Ask for a Second Brexit Referendum". The Journal. Retrieved 12/09/2018.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. ^ Richmond, Neale. "The Floating Voter: Fine Gael Senator admits he'd rather quit the party than serve with Sinn Fein". The Independent. Retrieved 12/09/2018.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)