Nominated members of Seanad Éireann

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Taoiseach's Nominees
Seanad Éireann Constituency
Current constituency
Created 1938
Seats 11
Senators

The composition of Seanad Éireann, one of the two houses of the Oireachtas (parliament) of Ireland, is set out in Article 18 of the Constitution of Ireland. This provides for 60 Senators, of whom 11 are to be nominated by the Taoiseach (prime minister). Additionally six senators are elected by university graduates, and 43 are elected by Oireachtas members and city and county councillors across 5 Vocational Panels.

These nominations allow the government to reach a majority in the Seanad, for smaller parties in coalition or supporting the government to achieve more significant Seanad representation, and for the appointment of Independent members to represent particular interests. A number of representatives from Northern Ireland have been selected over the years as Independent senators, and in 2016, Enda Kenny nominated Billy Lawless, a resident of Chicago, to represent the interest of the Irish living abroad.

As the outgoing Seanad continues in session after the general election, it is usual for the outgoing Taoiseach to appoint Senators to fill the places of those who were elected to Dáil Éireann for the short period until the conclusion of the Seanad election.

Senators[edit]

Senators nominated by the Taoiseach
Sen Year Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
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(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
2nd 1938 Robert Farnan
(FF)
T. V. Honan
(FF)
Douglas Hyde
[note 1]
(Ind)
John Keane
(Ind)
Margaret L. Kennedy
(FF)
Peadar Mac Fhionnlaoich
[note 2]
(Ind)
William Magennis
[note 3]
(Ind)
Frank MacDermot
(FF)
Maurice Moore
[note 4]
(FF)
David Robinson
(FF)
Matthew Stafford
(FF)
1938 Patrick Keohane
[note 5]
(Ind)
3rd 1938
1939 Liam Ó Buachalla
(FF)
1940 Laurence O'Neill
(Ind)
1942 Pádraic Ó Máille
[note 6]
(FF)
4th 1943 Seán Campbell
(Lab)
Peter O'Loghlen
(FF)
Margaret Mary Pearse
(FF)
5th 1944 Thomas Foran
(Lab)
1946 Edward Pakenham
(Ind)
Pádraig Ó Siochfhradha
(Ind)
6th 1948 George Bennett
(FG)
Eleanor Butler
(Lab)
James Douglas
(Ind)
Denis Ireland
(CnaP)
Patrick McCartan
(CnaP)
James McCrea
(Lab)
Edward McGuire
(Ind)
Séamus O'Farrell
(Ind)
Edward Richards-Orpen
(Ind)
Edmund Sweetman
(FG)
Patrick Woulfe
(Ind)
7th 1951 Robert Farnan
(FF)
T. V. Honan
(FF)
Daniel Corkery
(FF)
Seán Goulding
(FF)
Joseph Johnston
(Ind)
Eamonn Kissane
(FF)
Pádraig Ó Siochfhradha
(Ind)
Seán O'Donovan
(FF)
Seán O'Grady
(FF)
Margaret Mary Pearse
(FF)
Michael Yeats
(FF)
8th 1954 Patrick Bergin
(Lab)
Arthur Cox
(Ind)
James Douglas
[note 7]
(Ind)
Henry Guinness
(Ind)
Michael Hayes
(FG)
James Hickey
(Lab)
John Meighan
(CnaT)
Frank O'Donnell
(Ind)
Patrick O'Gorman
(FG)
James Reidy
(FG)
James Tunney
(Lab)
1954 John Douglas
(Ind)
9th 1957 Robert Farnan
(FF)
Seán Brady
(FF)
Nora Connolly O'Brien
(FF)
John Copeland Cole
(Ind)
Seán Moylan
[note 8]
(FF)
Thomas Mullins
(FF)
Pádraig Ó Siochfhradha
[note 9]
(Ind)
Seán O'Donovan
(FF)
Seán O'Grady
(FF)
Margaret Mary Pearse
[note 10]
(FF)
Laurence Walsh
(FF)
1958 Louis Walsh
(Ind)
10th 1961 John J. Brennan
(FF)
Gus Healy
(FF)
Joe Mooney
(FF)
Tom Nolan
(FF)
William Sheldon
(Ind)
1964 Kit Ahern
(FF)
11th 1965 Gerald Boland
(FF)
Joseph Lenehan
(FF)
James Ryan
(FF)
Michael Yeats
(FF)
1968 Farrell McElgunn
(FF)
12th 1969 John J. Brennan
(FF)
Micheál Cranitch
(FF)
Brendan Crinion
(FF)
Peggy Farrell
(FF)
Thomas Flanagan
(Ind)
Michael Gallanagh
(FF)
Neville Keery
(FF)
Terence O'Sullivan
(FF)
13th 1973 John Blennerhassett
(FG)
Austin Deasy
[note 11]
(FG)
Benjamin Guinness
(FG)
Brendan Halligan
[note 12]
(Lab)
Michael D. Higgins
(Lab)
Patrick Kerrigan
[note 13]
(Lab)
Patrick W. McGrath
(FG)
Michael Mullen
(Lab)
Michael J. O'Higgins
(FG)
Paddy O'Toole
[note 14]
(FG)
James Sanfey
(FG)
1976 Ruairi Quinn
(Lab)
1977 Liam Burke
(FG)
Frank King
(Lab)
Martin Finn
(FG)
14th 1977 Séamus Brennan
[note 15]
(FF)
Séamus de Brún
(FF)
Eileen Cassidy
(FF)
Valerie Goulding
(FF)
Mary Harney
[note 16]
(FF)
Valentine Jago
(FF)
Gordon Lambert
(Ind)
Bernard McGlinchey
(FF)
Noel Mulcahy
(FF)
T. K. Whitaker
(Ind)
Michael Yeats
[note 17]
(FF)
1980 Jim Ruttle
(FF)
1981 P. J. Mara
(FF)
Joseph O'Neill
(FF)
15th 1981 Ulick Burke
(FG)
John F. Carroll
(Lab)
Timmy Conway
(Lab)
Jim Dooge
(FG)
Paddy Dunne
(Lab)
Robert Fausset
(FG)
Jim Higgins
(FG)
Miriam Kearney
(FG)
Pat Magner
(Lab)
Seán O'Leary
(FG)
16th 1982 Paudge Brennan
[note 18]
(FF)
Flor Crowley
(FF)
Camilla Hannon
(FF)
James Larkin
(IFF)
Seamus Mallon
(Ind)
P. J. Mara
(FF)
Bernard McGlinchey
(FF)
M. J. Nolan
[note 19]
(FF)
Ned O'Keeffe
[note 20]
(FF)
John Robb
(Ind)
G. V. Wright
(FF)
1982 Aidan Eames
(FF)
Seán O'Connor
(FF)
Frank Wall
(FF)
17th 1983 John Browne
(FG)
John Connor
(FG)
Jimmy Deenihan
[note 21]
(FG)
Patrick Durcan
(FG)
Brendan Howlin
[note 22]
(Lab)
Christy Kirwan
(Lab)
Pat Magner
(Lab)
Stephen McGonagle
(Ind)
Seán O'Leary
(FG)
Bríd Rodgers
(Ind)
1987 Nuala Fennell
(FG)
Paddy O'Toole
(FG)
18th 1987 Éamon de Buitléar
(Ind)
Séamus Cullimore
[note 23]
(FF)
George Eogan
(Ind)
Brian Friel
(Ind)
Tom McEllistrim
[note 24]
(FF)
John Magnier
(Ind)
Jimmy Mulroy
(FF)
Vivian O'Callaghan
(FF)
John O'Connell
[note 25]
(FF)
Nicholas O'Connor
(FF)
1989 Michael Dawson
(FF)
Paul Kavanagh
(FF)
Frank McDonnell
(FF)
19th 1989 Olga Bennett
(FF)
Hugh Byrne
[note 26]
(FF)
Martin Cullen
[note 27]
(PD)
John Dardis
(PD)
Helen Keogh
[note 28]
(PD)
Mick Lanigan
(FF)
Tony McKenna
(FF)
Denis O'Donovan
(FF)
Donal Ormonde
(FF)
Eoin Ryan
[note 29]
(FF)
G. V. Wright
[note 30]
(FF)
1992 Brendan Daly
(FF)
Pat Farrell
(FF)
Terry Leyden
(FF)
Dick Roche
(FF)
20th 1993 Sean Byrne
(FF)
Bill Cashin
(Lab)
Brian Crowley
[note 31]
(FF)
Brian Hillery
[note 32]
(FF)
Billy Kelleher
[note 33]
(FF)
Pat Magner
(Lab)
Marian McGennis
[note 34]
(FF)
Jim Townsend
(Lab)
Jack Wall
(Lab)
Gordon Wilson
[note 35]
(Ind)
1994 Edward Haughey
(FF)
Michael Mulcahy
(FF)
1995 Brian Hayes
[note 36]
(FG)
1997 Tom Berkery
(FG)
Niamh Bhreathnach
(Lab)
Niamh Cosgrave
(FG)
Michael Enright
(DL)
Aidan O'Connor
(FG)
21st 1997 Enda Bonner
(FF)
Frank Chambers
(FF)
John Dardis
(PD)
Tom Fitzgerald
[note 37]
(FF)
Dermot Fitzpatrick
[note 38]
(FF)
Jim Gibbons
(PD)
Maurice Hayes
(Ind)
Helen Keogh
[note 39]
(PD)
Ann Leonard
(FF)
Máirín Quill
(PD)
2002 Martin Mackin
(FF)
Mary O'Rourke
[note 40]
(FF)
22nd 2002 Cyprian Brady
[note 41]
(FF)
Michael Brennan
[note 42]
(FF)
Brendan Kenneally
[note 43]
(FF)
Michael Kitt
[note 44]
(FF)
John Minihan
(PD)
Tom Morrissey
(PD)
Pat Moylan
(FF)
Kate Walsh
[note 45]
(PD)
2007 Donie Cassidy
(FF)
Seán Dorgan
(FF)
Peter Sands
(FF)
Chris Wall
(FF)
Colm O'Gorman
(PD)
23rd 2007 Dan Boyle
(GP)
Martin Brady
(FF)
Ivor Callely
[note 46]
(FF)
Ciarán Cannon
[note 47]
(PD)
Maria Corrigan
(FF)
Déirdre de Búrca
[note 48]
(GP)
John Ellis
(FF)
Eoghan Harris
(Ind)
Lisa McDonald
(FF)
Brian Ó Domhnaill
(FF)
Fiona O'Malley
[note 49]
(PD)
2010 Mark Dearey
(GP)
2011 Darragh O'Brien
(FF)
24th 2011 Eamonn Coghlan
[note 50]
(Ind)
Jim D'Arcy
(FG)
Aideen Hayden
(Lab)
Lorraine Higgins
(Lab)
Fiach Mac Conghail
(Ind)
Martin McAleese
[note 51]
(Ind)
Mary Moran
(Lab)
Mary Ann O'Brien
(Ind)
Marie-Louise O'Donnell
(Ind)
Jillian van Turnhout
(Ind)
Katherine Zappone
(Ind)
2013 Hildegarde Naughton
(FG)
25th 2016 Ray Butler
(FG)
Paudie Coffey
(FG)
Frank Feighan
(FG)
Joan Freeman
(Ind)
Colette Kelleher
(Ind)
Billy Lawless
(Ind)
Michelle Mulherin
(FG)
Pádraig Ó Céidigh
(Ind)
John O'Mahony
(FG)
James Reilly
(FG)
  1. ^ Elected as President of Ireland on 4 May 1938.
  2. ^ Died on 1 July 1942.
  3. ^ Died on 30 March 1946.
  4. ^ Died on 8 September 1939.
  5. ^ Died on 4 December 1939.
  6. ^ Died on 19 January 1946.
  7. ^ Died on 16 September 1954.
  8. ^ Died on 16 November 1957.
  9. ^ Died on 19 November 1964.
  10. ^ Died on 7 November 1968.
  11. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 16 June 1977.
  12. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann at a by-election on 10 June 1976.
  13. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 16 June 1977.
  14. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 16 June 1977.
  15. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 11 June 1981.
  16. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 11 June 1981.
  17. ^ Resigned on 12 March 1980.
  18. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 24 November 1982.
  19. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 24 November 1982.
  20. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 24 November 1982.
  21. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 17 February 1987.
  22. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 17 February 1987.
  23. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 15 June 1989.
  24. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 15 June 1989.
  25. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 15 June 1989.
  26. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 25 November 1992.
  27. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 25 November 1992.
  28. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 25 November 1992.
  29. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 25 November 1992.
  30. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 6 June 1997.
  31. ^ Elected to the European Parliament, resigned from Seanad on 31 August 1994.
  32. ^ Appointed to the Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, resigned from Seanad on 4 May 1994.
  33. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 6 June 1997.
  34. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 6 June 1997.
  35. ^ Died on 27 June 1995.
  36. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 6 June 1997.
  37. ^ Resigned from the Seanad on 4 April 2002.
  38. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 17 May 2002.
  39. ^ Joined Fine Gael on 14 June 2000.
  40. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 24 May 2007.
  41. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 24 May 2007.
  42. ^ Joined the Progressive Democrats on 29 April 2004.
  43. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 24 May 2007.
  44. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 24 May 2007.
  45. ^ Died on 24 April 2007.
  46. ^ Resigned Fianna Fáil whip on 5 June 2010 and resigned from Fianna Fáil on 24 August 2010.
  47. ^ Joined Fine Gael on 24 March 2009; elected to Dáil Éireann on 25 February 2011.
  48. ^ Resigned on 12 February 2010.
  49. ^ Sat as an Independent from dissolution of the Progressive Democrats in December 2009.
  50. ^ Took the Fine Gael whip on 7 February 2012.
  51. ^ Resigned on 5 February 2013.