Tom Sheahan

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Tom Sheahan
In office
April 2011 – April 2016
Constituency Administrative Panel
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2007 – February 2011
Constituency Kerry South
Personal details
Born (1968-09-05) 5 September 1968 (age 49)
Killarney, Kerry, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael

Tom Sheahan (born 5 September 1968) is an Irish Fine Gael politician. He was elected to Seanad Éireann in April 2011. He is a former Teachta Dála (TD) for the Kerry South constituency from 2007 to 2011.[1] He was elected to the 30th Dáil at the 2007 general election.[2] He was elected to Kerry County Council for the Killarney area at the 2004 local elections.

He was the Fine Gael Deputy spokesperson on Agriculture with special responsibility for Forestry from October 2010 to March 2011. Previously, he served as Deputy spokesperson on Agriculture with special responsibility for Fisheries from 2007 to 2010.

He is a member of the Kerry Mental Health Association, Rathmore Community Council and Rathmore GAA Club.

He lost his seat at the 2011 general election to party colleague Brendan Griffin. He was subsequently elected to Seanad Éireann on the Administrative Panel in April 2011.[2] He is the Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform.

In September 2012, he made remarks in the Seanad in which he referred to the accidental death of a Garda and claimed a Sinn Féin member had allegedly said "they would have done a much cleaner job". His comments were criticised by the Garda Representatives Association, and by Kerry TD Martin Ferris, who challenged Sheahan to name the person.[3]

In 2014, Sheahan made "anti-Traveller" comments which sparked a controversy in the country of kerry. He later denied the misinterpretation of his comment and clarified his stance on the matter Irish Travellers and Roma communities.[4]


  1. ^ "Mr. Tom Sheahan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 17 April 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Tom Sheahan". Retrieved 17 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Senator's remarks over death of garda criticised by GRA". Irish Examiner. 15 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Senator denies 'anti-Traveller' comments -". Retrieved 2017-07-14. 

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Preceded by
Breeda Moynihan-Cronin
(Labour Party)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Kerry South
Succeeded by
Brendan Griffin
(Fine Gael)