Cecilia Keaveney

Cecilia Keaveney (born 27 November 1968) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician.[1] She was a Teachta Dála (TD) and a Senator from 1996 to 2011.

Cecilia Keaveney
In office
July 2007 – April 2011
ConstituencyCultural and Educational Panel
Teachta Dála
In office
April 1996 – May 2007
ConstituencyDonegal North-East
Personal details
Born (1968-11-27) 27 November 1968 (age 51)
Derry, Northern Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Alma materUniversity of Ulster

Early lifeEdit

She was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. She was educated at Carndonagh Community School in the Inishowen peninsula, County Donegal, in Ireland and then at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Northern Ireland. She is a former music teacher.[citation needed]

Her father Paddy Keaveney was an Independent Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for Donegal North-East from 1976 to 1977. She was co-opted to Donegal County Council in 1995 following his death.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

Keaveney was first elected to Dáil Éireann for Donegal North-East in a by-election on 2 April 1996 following the death of Independent Fianna Fáil TD Neil Blaney. She was re-elected at the 1997 general election and 2002 general election but lost her seat at the 2007 general election.[2]

Keaveney was formerly Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Sports, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Keaveney lost her seat in a tough 2007 election battle where all three outgoing TDs were Fianna Fáil members. Under the Single transferable vote proportional representation electoral system used in Ireland, it was virtually impossible for all three to be elected. This unusual situation arose when in July 2006 outgoing Fianna Fáil TD Jim McDaid reversed his earlier announcement that he would not seek a nomination to contest the election.[3] In the intervening period Independent Fianna Fáil and its sole TD Niall Blaney had been absorbed into Fianna Fáil. As a result, Joe McHugh of Fine Gael won a seat at her expense.

Keaveney stood successfully for election to Seanad Éireann on the Cultural and Educational Panel at the 2007 election.[2]

She did not contest the 2011 Seanad election.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Cecilia Keaveney". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Cecilia Keaveney". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  3. ^ "McDaid to seek nomination for next election". RTÉ News. 27 July 2006.
Preceded by
Neil Blaney
(Independent Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Donegal North-East
Succeeded by
Joe McHugh
(Fine Gael)