Neale Richmond

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Neale Richmond
Senator Neale Richmond 2017.jpg
Assumed office
27 April 2016
ConstituencyLabour Panel
Personal details
Born (1983-03-15) 15 March 1983 (age 36)
Ballinteer, Dublin, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Babs Richmond (m. 2015)
EducationWesley College
Alma materUniversity 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.

Political career[edit]

Richmond was elected to Seanad Eireann in 2016,[2] previously elected to Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council in 2009 to represent the Glencullen–Sandyford electoral area.[3] Richmond was re-elected in 2014 on the first count.[4] 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.[5][better source needed]

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.[citation needed]

Political views[edit]

Richmond wears a Remembrance poppy[6] which commemorates soldiers who died fighting for the United Kingdom and British Empire. He stated that he considers the Easter lily "has become offensive".[7]

He was a columnist at Slugger O'Toole.[8]

He has stated his disinterest in the same-sex marriage issue[9] and mentioned on Twitter his involvement in the Repeal the 8th abortion pro-choice campaign.[10]

Richmond has been critical of Sinn Fein.[11] He is in favour of Ireland rejoining the Commonwealth.[12]


  1. ^ "Neale Richmond". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Seanad Vote Counting Resumes". RTÉ News.
  3. ^ "Local Elections: 5 June 2009 Glencullen Sandyford". Elections Ireland.
  4. ^ "Local Elections: 23 May 2014 Glencullen Sandyford". Elections Ireland.
  5. ^ "Richmond to Chair Seanad Brexit Committee". Fine Gael Party. November 2018.
  6. ^ "'Fair play to him': Minister reacts to Varadkar wearing poppy". The Irish Times. 8 November 2017.
  7. ^ Richmond, Neale (3 November 2017). "I thought it was an apt response". Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Author Archive - Neale Richmond". Slugger O'Toole.
  9. ^ Richmond, Neale. "Opinion: Same-sex marriage will be decided by the silent (possibly disinterested) majority". Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  10. ^ Richmond, Neale. "A quick message for "the lads" with one week to go to polling day". Twitter. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  11. ^ Richmond, Neale. "The Floating Voter: Fine Gael Senator admits he'd rather quit the party than serve with Sinn Fein". Irish Independent. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  12. ^ "I'd be for Ireland rejoining the commonwealth as is". Neale Richmond. 28 December 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2019.