Members of the 25th Seanad

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25th Seanad Éireann
24th Seanad
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Overview
JurisdictionIreland
Meeting placeLeinster House
Term8 June 2016 –
Members60
CathaoirleachDenis O'Donovan
Leas-ChathaoirleachPaul Coghlan
Leader of the
Seanad
Jerry Buttimer
Deputy Leader of the SeanadCatherine Noone
Leader of the
Opposition
Catherine Ardagh
Sessions
1st8 June 2016 – 21 July 2016
2nd28 September 2016 – 20 July 2017
3rd26 September 2017 – 17 July 2018
4th19 September 2018 –

This is a list of the members of the 25th Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland. 49 Senators were elected in April 2016 when postal voting closed. The Taoiseach nominated an additional eleven members to the Seanad in May 2016. The Seanad election took place after the 2016 general election to Dáil Éireann.

Electoral system[edit]

There are 60 seats in the Seanad: 43 Senators are elected by the Vocational panels, 6 elected by the two University constituencies, and 11 are nominated by the Taoiseach. Three seats are elected by graduates of the National University of Ireland and three seats are elected by graduates and scholars of the University of Dublin.

Article 18.8 of the Constitution requires that an election for Seanad Éireann must take place not later than 90 days after a dissolution of the Dáil. On 9 February, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly signed the orders for the Seanad Election.

Nominations for the 43 Vocational panel seats closed at noon on 21 March 2016 and the full list of panel nominees was published in Iris Oifigiúil on 1 April 2016.[1] Polls for these two university constituencies closed at 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday 26 April 2016.

Forty-three Vocational panel seats in the Seanad are filled by an electorate of public representatives, comprising the incoming 32nd Dáil, the outgoing 24th Seanad, and members of city and county councils, each of whom has one vote in each of the five panels. The total electorate was 1,155.[2][3] Polling closed at 11 a.m. on Monday 25 April 2016, with the count beginning immediately afterwards. A total of 1,124 of the electorate voted.[3] Each panel is subdivided into an Oireachtas ("inside") subpanel and Nominating Bodies ("outside") subpanel, and a portion of seats must be filled from each subpanel; John Dolan was elected despite having fewer votes than Tom Sheahan and Thomas Welby when they were eliminated, because they were on the inside panel and all remaining seats were reserved for the outside panel.[4][5]

Taoiseach Enda Kenny nominated 11 senators on 27 May 2016.[6]

The 25th Seanad first met at Leinster House on 8 June 2016 when Denis O'Donovan was elected as the new Cathaoirleach of the Seanad.[7]

The Government of the 32nd Dáil is a minority government of Fine Gael and several independent TDs, supported by Fianna Fáil. Similarly, Fine Gael do not hold a majority in the Seanad: and even if all 20 Fine Gael Senators vote in favour of a motion, and all 14 Fianna Fáil Senators abstain, four more votes from independent or opposition Senators are required to pass a motion. There have thus been several very close votes and defeats.[8] This is unusual, as the Senators nominated by the Taoiseach usually give the Government a majority.[9][10][11]

Composition of the 25th Seanad[edit]

Origin
Party
Admin
Panel
[5]
Agri
Panel
[12]
Cult & Educ
Panel
[13]
Ind & Comm
Panel
[14]
Labour
Panel
[15]
NUI[16] U Dublin Nominated Total
Fine Gael 2 3 2 3 3 0 0 6 19
Fianna Fáil 2 3 2 3 4 0 0 0 14
Sinn Féin 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 7
Labour Party 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 5
Green Party 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Independent 1 1 0 1 1 3 2 5 14
Total 7 11 5 9 11 3 3 11 60

Technical groups[edit]

The minimum parliamentary group size is five Senators, a threshold met by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, and the following three technical groups.[17] Apart from the Cathaoirleach, independent Marie-Louise O'Donnell is the only senator not a member of any group.[18]

Independent group (9)
Party Name Constituency
Independent (9) Victor Boyhan Agricultural Panel
Gerard Craughwell Labour Panel
Joan Freeman Nominated by the Taoiseach
Billy Lawless Nominated by the Taoiseach
Ian Marshall Agricultural Panel
Michael McDowell National University of Ireland
Rónán Mullen National University of Ireland
Pádraig Ó Céidigh Nominated by the Taoiseach
Brian Ó Domhnaill Agricultural Panel

All are independents, although not all independent senators are members of the group.

Civil Engagement group (5)
Party Name Constituency
Independent (5) Frances Black Industrial and Commercial Panel
John Dolan Administrative Panel
Alice Mary Higgins National University of Ireland
Colette Kelleher Nominated by the Taoiseach
Lynn Ruane University of Dublin

All are first-time Oireachtas members and independents. This group included Grace O'Sullivan (Green Party) until her election to the European Parliament in May 2019.

Technical group (5)
Party Name Constituency
Labour Party (4) Ivana Bacik University of Dublin
Kevin Humphreys Administrative Panel
Ged Nash Labour Panel
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin Industrial and Commercial Panel
Independent (1) David Norris University of Dublin

All are in Labour except for independent Norris. Labour formed a party group until the retirement of Denis Landy left it below the five-senator threshold. It first formed a technical group with Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, who had resigned from Sinn Féin.[19] When Ó Clochartaigh resigned from the Seanad, Labour recruited Norris,[20] who had left the Independent group shortly after the 2016 election.[21]

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  
John Dolan Administrative Panel   Independent Member of the Civil Engagement group
Maura Hopkins Administrative Panel   Fine Gael  
Kevin Humphreys Administrative Panel   Labour Party  
Niall Ó Donnghaile Administrative Panel   Sinn Féin  
Diarmuid Wilson Administrative Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Victor Boyhan Agricultural Panel   Independent Member of the Seanad Independent Group
Paddy Burke Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael  
Maria Byrne Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael  
Rose Conway-Walsh Agricultural Panel   Sinn Féin  
Paul Daly Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Denis Landy Agricultural Panel   Labour Party Resigned from the Seanad on 28 November 2017[22]
Tim Lombard Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael  
Trevor Ó Clochartaigh Agricultural Panel   Sinn Féin Resigned from Sinn Féin on 30 November 2017; Resigned from the Seanad on 5 February 2018
Brian Ó Domhnaill Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil Resigned from Fianna Fáil in December 2016[23]. Member of the Seanad Independent Group
Denis O'Donovan Agricultural Panel   Fianna Fáil Cathaoirleach
Grace O'Sullivan Agricultural Panel   Green Party Member of the Civil Engagement group. Elected to the European Parliament in May 2019.
Ian Marshall Agricultural Panel   Independent Elected in a by-election on 27 April 2018, replacing Denis Landy[24]. Member of the Seanad Independent Group
Anthony Lawlor Agricultural Panel   Fine Gael Elected in a by-election on 27 April 2018, replacing Trevor Ó Clochartaigh[24]
Lorraine Clifford-Lee Cultural and Educational Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Gabrielle McFadden Cultural and Educational Panel   Fine Gael  
Kieran O'Donnell Cultural and Educational Panel   Fine Gael  
Keith Swanick Cultural and Educational Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Fintan Warfield Cultural and Educational Panel   Sinn Féin  
Catherine Ardagh Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Frances Black Industrial and Commercial Panel   Independent Member of the Civil Engagement group
Colm Burke Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael  
Paul Coghlan Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael  
Aidan Davitt Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Gerry Horkan Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Pádraig Mac Lochlainn Industrial and Commercial Panel   Sinn Féin  
Catherine Noone Industrial and Commercial Panel   Fine Gael  
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin Industrial and Commercial Panel   Labour Party  
Jerry Buttimer Labour Panel   Fine Gael Leader of the Seanad
Gerard Craughwell Labour Panel   Independent Member of the Seanad Independent Group
Máire Devine Labour Panel   Sinn Féin  
Robbie Gallagher Labour Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Paul Gavan Labour Panel   Sinn Féin  
Terry Leyden Labour Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Jennifer Murnane O'Connor Labour Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Ged Nash Labour Panel   Labour Party  
Joe O'Reilly Labour Panel   Fine Gael  
Ned O'Sullivan Labour Panel   Fianna Fáil  
Neale Richmond Labour Panel   Fine Gael  
Alice Mary Higgins National University of Ireland   Independent Member of the Civil Engagement group
Michael McDowell National University of Ireland   Independent Member of the Seanad Independent Group
Rónán Mullen National University of Ireland   Independent Member of the Seanad Independent Group
Ivana Bacik University of Dublin   Labour Party  
David Norris University of Dublin   Independent Member of the Labour Technical Group
Lynn Ruane University of Dublin   Independent Member of the Civil Engagement group
Ray Butler Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fine Gael  
Paudie Coffey Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fine Gael  
Frank Feighan Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fine Gael  
Joan Freeman Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent Member of the Seanad Independent Group
Colette Kelleher Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent Member of the Civil Engagement group
Billy Lawless Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent Member of the Seanad Independent Group
Michelle Mulherin Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fine Gael  
Pádraig Ó Céidigh Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent Member of the Seanad Independent Group
Marie-Louise O'Donnell Nominated by the Taoiseach   Independent  
John O'Mahony Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fine Gael  
James Reilly Nominated by the Taoiseach   Fine Gael  

Changes[edit]

Date Panel Gain Loss Note
15 December 2016 Agricultural Panel Independent Fianna Fáil Brian Ó Domhnaill resigns from Fianna Fáil
28 November 2017 Agricultural Panel   Labour Party Denis Landy resigns from the Seanad[22]
30 November 2017 Agricultural Panel Independent Sinn Féin Trevor Ó Clochartaigh resigns from Sinn Féin
5 February 2018 Agricultural Panel   Independent Trevor Ó Clochartaigh resigns from the Seanad
27 April 2018 Agricultural Panel Independent   Ian Marshall elected in a by-election.[24]
27 April 2018 Agricultural Panel Fine Gael   Anthony Lawlor elected in a by-election.[24]
26 June 2018 National University of Ireland HDA Independent Rónán Mullen founds the Human Dignity Alliance.
1 July 2019 Agricultural Panel   Green Party Grace O'Sullivan elected to the European Parliament in May 2019.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Panels of candidates prepared by the Seanad Returning Officer pursuant to Section 43 of the Seanad Electoral (Panel Members) Act 1947, as amended by the Seanad Electoral (Panel Members) Act 1954" (PDF). Iris Oifigiúil (27B). 1 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Seanad Electoral (Panel Members) Acts 1947 and 1954: Electoral roll" (PDF). Iris Oifigiúil (27A). 1 April 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b O'Halloran, Marie (26 April 2016). "Sinn Féin candidates top Seanad poll on Agriculture panel". The Irish Times. Retrieved 1 May 2016. the small electorate of 1,155. A total of 1,124 of the electorate voted ... Those entitled to vote on the vocational panels are the 158 new TDs, 53 of the 60 outgoing Senators (as seven were elected to the Dáil in the recent election) and 941 city and county councillors.
  4. ^ O'Halloran, Marie (28 April 2016). "Fine Gael transfers help Labour win four Seanad seats". The Irish Times. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Administrative Panel Full Results". seanadcount.ie. Oireachtas. April 2016. Archived from the original (Microsoft Excel) on 28 April 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Taoiseach's nominees to Seanad Éireann". 27 May 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  7. ^ "First meeting of the 25th Seanad".
  8. ^ https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/government-seanad-defeat-as-ff-abstain-in-higgins-trade-motion-1.2818340
  9. ^ "Abortion forum scrapes through Seanad".
  10. ^ "Lively new Seanad not part of government deal".
  11. ^ "Seanad can hold balance of power in a minority Government, claims Norris - Independent.ie".
  12. ^ "Agricultural Panel Full Results". seanadcount.ie. Oireachtas. April 2016. Archived from the original (Microsoft Excel) on 28 April 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Cultural and Educational Panel Full Results". seanadcount.ie. Oireachtas. April 2016. Archived from the original (Microsoft Excel) on 28 April 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Industrial and Commercial Panel Full Results". seanadcount.ie. Oireachtas. April 2016. Archived from the original (Microsoft Excel) on 28 April 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Labour Panel Full Results". seanadcount.ie. Oireachtas. April 2016. Archived from the original (Microsoft Excel) on 28 April 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  16. ^ "National University of Ireland Elections Page". NUI. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  17. ^ "Seanad Éireann - Standing Orders relative to Public Business" (PDF). Houses of the Oireachtas. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  18. ^ O'Donnell, Marie Louise (21 March 2018). "Electoral (Amendment) (Voting at 16) Bill 2016: Committee Stage". Seanad debates. kildarestreet.com. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  19. ^ O'Halloran, Marie (13 December 2017). "Labour Senators and Trevor Ó Clochartaigh form technical group". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  20. ^ Bacik, Ivana (7 March 2018). "Order of Business". Seanad debates. KildareStreet.com. Retrieved 28 March 2018. Those of us in the Seanad Technical Group are really delighted that Senator David Norris will be joining us.
  21. ^ Norris, David (29 June 2016). "Immigration (Reform) (Regularisation of Residency Status) Bill 2016: Second Stage". Seanad debates. KildareStreet.com. Retrieved 28 March 2018. I also thank the Independent group of Senators, which I left with some delight yesterday
  22. ^ a b "Tipperary senator Denis Landy retires from Seanad on health grounds". Tipperary Star. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  23. ^ https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/fianna-fil-senator-resigns-after-ethics-breach-35298356.html
  24. ^ a b c d "Unionist farmer takes one of two Seanad seats". RTÉ News. 27 April 2018.

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