Nominated members of Seanad Éireann
The composition of Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Oireachtas (parliament) of Ireland, is defined in outline by Article 18 of the Constitution of Ireland, which provides for 11 appointees that are nominated by the Taoiseach (prime minister). Additionally 6 senators are elected by the universities, and 5 Vocational Panels which together elect 43 senators, giving a total of 60 members.
The original intent was to guarantee the government a majority in the upper house. The nominees are usually aspiring Teachtaí Dála (TDs) or members of Dáil Éireann who lost their seats in the Dáil general election. Independent (non-party) members like Maurice Hayes and Gordon Wilson have also been appointed in the past.
24th Seanad (2011)
Nominated on 20 May 2011
23rd Seanad (2007)
Nominated on 3 August 2007
Nominated on 23 February 2010
Nominated to replace Déirdre de Búrca who resigned on 12 February 2010
|Mark Dearey||Green Party|
Nominated on 3 March 2011
Nominated to replace Ciarán Cannon who was elected to Dail Eireann on 25 February 2011
|Darragh O'Brien||Fianna Fáil|
22nd Seanad (2002)
Nominated on 26 July 2002
Nominated on 3 May 2007
Nominated to replaced Kate Walsh who died on 24 April 2007.
|Colm O'Gorman||Progressive Democrats|
Nominated on 23 June 2007
Nominated to replace Mary O'Rourke, Cyprian Brady, Michael Kitt and Brendan Kenneally who were elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2007 Dáil general election on 24 May 2007.
(Leader of the Seanad)
|Chris Wall||Fianna Fáil|
|Seán Dorgan||Fianna Fáil|
|Peter Sands||Fianna Fáil|
- Michael Brennan was nominated when still a member of Fianna Fáil.
- Mary O'Rourke was Leader of the Seanad until her election to Dáil Éireann on 24 May 2007.