Cultural and Educational Panel

The Cultural and Educational Panel (Irish: An Rolla Saíochta agus Oideachais) is one of five vocational panels which together elect 43 of the 60 members of Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Oireachtas (the legislature of Ireland). The Cultural and Educational Panel elects five senators.

Cultural and Educational Panel
Seanad Éireann Constituency
Current constituency
Created1938
Seats5
Senators
  •   Malcolm Byrne (FF)
  •   Lisa Chambers (FF)
  •   Seán Kyne (FG)
  •   John McGahon (FG)
  •   Fintan Warfield (SF)

ElectionEdit

Article 18 of the Constitution of Ireland provides that 43 of the 60 senators are to be elected from five vocational panels. The Cultural and Educational Panel is defined in Article 18.7.1º (i) as "National Language and Culture, Literature, Art, Education and such professional interests as may be defined by law for the purpose of this panel".[1] The Seanad returning officer maintains a list of nominating bodies for each of the five panels.[2] Candidates may be nominated either by four members of the Oireachtas or by a nominating body.[3][4] The electorate consists of city and county councillors and current members of the Oireachtas. As the Seanad election takes place after the election to the Dáil, the Oireachtas members are the members of the incoming Dáil and the outgoing Seanad.[5] Five senators are elected on the Cultural and Educational Panel, at least two of whom must have been nominated by Oireachtas members and at least two must have been nominated by nominating bodies.[6][7]

SenatorsEdit

Senators for the Cultural and Educational Panel
Key to parties
Sen Election Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
2nd 1938 Séamus Ó hEocha
(Ind)
Seán O'Donovan
(FF)
Gearóid O'Sullivan
(FG)
Patrick Doyle
(FG)
James Parkinson[a]
(FG)
3rd 1938 Thomas Delany[b]
(Ind)
James Crosbie
(FG)
1941 Thomas J. O'Connell[c]
(Lab)
4th 1943 Donal O'Sullivan
(Ind)
5th 1944 Patrick J. O'Reilly
(Ind)
Louis O'Dea
(FF)
6th 1948 Thomas J. O'Connell
(Lab)
Liam Ó Buachalla
(FF)
Frank Loughman
(FF)
Cecil Lavery[d]
(FG)
Michael Hayes
(FG)
7th 1951 Patrick F. O'Reilly
(Ind)
James B. Lynch[e]
(FF)
8th 1954 Thomas J. O'Connell
(Lab)
Eamonn Kissane
(FF)
Michael ffrench-O'Carroll
(Ind)
James Crosbie
(FG)
9th 1957 Anthony Barry
(FG)
John O'Donovan
(FG)
Michael Hayes
(FG)
10th 1961 Timothy McAuliffe
(Lab)
John J. Nash
(FF)
11th 1965 Michael O'Kennedy
(FF)
Ben O'Quigley[f]
(FG)
12th 1969 John Kelly
(FG)
Kit Ahern
(FF)
Michael Yeats
(FF)
Michael O'Higgins
(FG)
13th 1973 Timothy McAuliffe
(Lab)
Billy Fox[g]
(FG)
Mary Walsh[h]
(FG)
1975 Roddy Connolly[i]
(Lab)
1976 Vincent McHugh[j]
(FG)
14th 1977 Richard Conroy
(FF)
Flor Crowley
(FF)
Patrick Cooney
(FG)
David Molony
(FG)
15th 1981 Mary O'Rourke
(FF)
Joe Walsh
(FF)
Patsy Lawlor
(FG)
Maurice Manning
(FG)
16th 1982 Séamus de Brún
(FF)
Joachim Loughrey
(FG)
Madeleine Taylor
(FG)
17th 1983 Helena McAuliffe-Ennis[k]
(Lab)
Michael Smith
(FF)
Brian Fleming
(FG)
18th 1987 Sean Byrne
(FF)
Tony McKenna
(FF)
Paschal Mooney
(FF)
Maurice Manning
(FG)
19th 1989 Éamon Ó Cuív
(FF)
Joe O'Reilly
(FG)
20th 1993 Madeleine Taylor-Quinn
(FG)
Mary Kelly
(Lab)
Ann Ormonde
(FF)
21st 1997 Labhrás Ó Murchú[l]
(FF)
22nd 2002 Noel Coonan
(FG)
Brian Hayes
(FG)
23rd 2007 Alex White
(Lab)
Cecilia Keaveney
(FF)
Liam Twomey
(FG)
24th 2011 John Gilroy
(Lab)
Thomas Byrne
(FF)
Deirdre Clune[m]
(FG)
Michael Mullins
(FG)
2014 Gerard Craughwell[n]
(Ind)
25th 2016 Fintan Warfield
(SF)
Lorraine Clifford-Lee
(FF)
Keith Swanick
(FF)
Gabrielle McFadden
(FG)
Kieran O'Donnell[o]
(FG)
26th 2020 Malcolm Byrne
(FF)
Lisa Chambers
(FF)
Seán Kyne
(FG)
John McGahon
(FG)

Note: The columns in this table are used only for presentational purposes, and no significance should be attached to the order of columns.

Notes
  1. ^ Resigned on 31 July 1947 due to ill-health.
  2. ^ Died on 9 July 1939.
  3. ^ Elected to Seanad at a by-election on 22 January 1941, to replace Thomas Delany.
  4. ^ Appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court on 21 April 1950.
  5. ^ Died on 12 March 1954.
  6. ^ Died on 29 May 1969.
  7. ^ Assassinated on 12 March 1974.
  8. ^ Died on 18 August 1976.
  9. ^ Elected to Seanad at a by-election 23 April 1975, in place of Billy Fox.
  10. ^ Elected to Seanad at a by-election on 25 October 1976, replacing Mary Walsh.
  11. ^ Joined the Progressive Democrats in 1986.
  12. ^ Resigned the Fianna Fáil whip on 7 July 2010, rejoining on 23 November 2010.
  13. ^ Elected to the European Parliament in May 2014.
  14. ^ Elected in a by-election on 10 October 2014, replacing Deirdre Clune.
  15. ^ Elected to Dáil Éireann on 8 February 2020.

List of nominating bodiesEdit

The following bodies are on the register of nominating bodies maintained by the Seanad Returning Officer for the Cultural and Educational Panel:[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Constitution of Ireland". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Seanad Electoral (Panel Members) Act 1947, Section 8: Establishment and maintenance of register of nominating bodies". Irish Statute Book. 19 December 1947. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Seanad Electoral (Panel Members) Act 1947, Section 25: Nomination to panels by members of Oireachtas". Irish Statute Book. 19 December 1947. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Seanad Electoral (Panel Members) Act 1947, Section 26: Proposals for nominations to panel by registered nominating bodies". Irish Statute Book. 19 December 1947. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Seanad Electoral (Panel Members) Act 1947, Section 44: The electorate". Irish Statute Book. 19 December 1947. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Seanad Electoral (Panel Members) Act 1947, Section 52: Allocation of members amongst the panels". Irish Statute Book. 19 December 1947. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  7. ^ "The Seanad Éireann Electoral Process" (PDF). Oireachtas. February 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Register of Nominating Bodies as revised at the annual revision and signed by the Seanad Returning Officer in pursuance of section 19 of the Seanad Electoral (Panel Members) Act 1947, as amended" (PDF). Oireachtas. 19 July 2019. Retrieved 29 March 2020.