Labour Panel

The Labour Panel (Irish: An Rolla Oibreachais) 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 Labour Panel elects eleven senators.

Labour Panel
Seanad Éireann Constituency
Current constituency
Created1938
Seats11
Senators

ElectionEdit

Article 18 of the Constitution of Ireland provides that 43 of the 60 senators are to be elected from five vocational panels. The Labour Panel is defined in Article 18.7.1º (iii) as "Labour, whether organised or unorganised".[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] Eleven senators are elected on the Labour Panel, at least four of whom must have been nominated by Oireachtas members and at least four must have been nominated by nominating bodies.[6][7]

SenatorsEdit

Senators for the Labour Panel
Key to parties
Sen Election Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
Senator
(Party)
2nd 1938 John Butler
(Lab)
James Tunney
(Lab)
Michael Conway
(Ind)
John Gaffney
(Ind)
Gilbert Hughes
(Ind)
Thomas McShea
(Ind)
David Walsh
(Ind)
Frederick Hawkins
(Ind)
James Johnston
(Ind)
Seán Hayes
(FF)
Seán Milroy
(FG)
3rd 1938 Seán Campbell
(Lab)
William Cummins
(Lab)
Thomas Foran
(Lab)
Patrick Hogan
(Lab)
Eamonn Lynch
(Lab)
Peter Lynch
(Ind)
4th 1943 Thomas Hayden
(Lab)
Thomas Kennedy[a]
(Lab)
Sam Kyle
(Lab)
Michael Colgan
(Ind)
Seán Ruane
(Ind)
Michael Smyth
(Ind)
Richard Mulcahy
(FG)
5th 1944 James Tunney
(Lab)
John Meighan
(CnaT)
John Thomas Keane[b]
(Ind)
Peter Lynch
(Ind)
1946 Frederick Hawkins[c][d]
(Ind)
6th 1948 Seán Campbell[e]
(Lab)
J. T. O'Farrell[f]
(Lab)
Richard Anthony
(Ind)
Michael Colgan[g]
(Ind)
Seán Hayes
(FF)
Andrew Fogarty
(FF)
7th 1951 William McMullen
(Lab)
Noel Hartnett
(CnaP)
Pádraig Ághas
(Ind)
Daniel O'Rourke
(FF)
Vincent McHugh
(FG)
8th 1954 Patrick Crowley
(Lab)
Dominick Murphy
(Lab)
Patrick Tierney
(Lab)
Richard Anthony
(Ind)
Frank Purcell[h]
(Ind)
Liam Kelly
(Ind)
Victor Carton
(FG)
9th 1957 Joe Sheridan
(Ind)
Liam Ahern
(FF)
Frank Carter
(FF)
Harry Colley
(FF)
Eoin Ryan Snr
(FF)
Ben O'Quigley
(FG)
1960 Edward Browne[i]
(Ind)
10th 1961 John Butler
(Lab)
Seán Brosnahan
(Ind)
Seán Browne
(FF)
Joseph Farrell
(FF)
Mark Killilea Snr
(FF)
Michael Yeats
(FF)
James Dooge
(FG)
11th 1965 Séamus Dolan
(FF)
John Ormonde
(FF)
Vincent McHugh
(FG)
12th 1969 Jimmy Dunne[j]
(Lab)
Fintan Kennedy
(Lab)
Evelyn Owens
(Lab)
Des Hanafin
(FF)
Mark Killilea Jnr
(FF)
Seán Walsh
(FF)
John Boland
(FG)
Michael Lyons
(FG)
William O'Brien
(FG)
13th 1973 Jack Harte
(Lab)
Séamus Dolan
(FF)
Bernard Markey
(FG)
14th 1977 Joseph Dowling
(FF)
Brian Hillery
(FF)
Tony Herbert
(FF)
John Blennerhassett
(FG)
Andy O'Brien
(FG)
15th 1981 Dan Kiely
(FF)
Brian Mullooly
(FF)
Toddie Byrne
(FG)
Donal Carey
(FG)
Maurice O'Connell
(FG)
16th 1982 Tony Herbert
(FF)
Donie Cassidy
(FF)
Mark Killilea Jnr
(FF)
Monica Barnes
(FG)
Denis Cregan
(FG)
Dick Dowling
(FG)
17th 1983 Brian Hillery
(FF)
Jim Higgins
(FG)
Larry McMahon
(FG)
Peter Kelleher
(FG)
Andy O'Brien
(FG)
18th 1987 Don Lydon
(FF)
Dan Kiely
(FF)
Nuala Fennell
(FG)
19th 1989 Batt O'Keeffe
(FF)
Mary Jackman
(FG)
Dan Neville
(FG)
Pól Ó Foighil
(FG)
20th 1993 Seán Maloney
(Lab)
Joe Sherlock
(DL)
Frank Fahey
(FF)
Bill Cotter
(FG)
Denis Cregan
(FG)
Jarlath McDonagh
(FG)
21st 1997 Seán Ryan
(Lab)
Liam Fitzgerald[k]
(FF)
Des Hanafin
(FF)
Mary Jackman
(FG)
Therese Ridge
(FG)
1998 John Cregan[l]
(FF)
22nd 2002 Michael McCarthy
(Lab)
Brendan Daly
(FF)
Geraldine Feeney
(FF)
Terry Leyden
(FF)
John Hanafin
(FF)
Fergal Browne
(FG)
Maurice Cummins
(FG)
Michael Finucane
(FG)
Jim Higgins
(FG)
23rd 2007 Phil Prendergast
(Lab)
Donie Cassidy
(FF)
Ned O'Sullivan
(FF)
Jerry Buttimer
(FG)
Frances Fitzgerald
(FG)
Fidelma Healy Eames[m]
(FG)
24th 2011 David Cullinane
(SF)
Marie Moloney
(Lab)
John Whelan
(Lab)
Darragh O'Brien
(FF)
Terry Brennan
(FG)
Cáit Keane
(FG)
Tony Mulcahy
(FG)
25th 2016 Paul Gavan
(SF)
Máire Devine[n]
(SF)
Ged Nash[o]
(Lab)
Gerard Craughwell
(Ind)
Robbie Gallagher
(FF)
Jennifer Murnane O'Connor[o]
(FF)
Jerry Buttimer
(FG)
Joe O'Reilly
(FG)
Neale Richmond[o]
(FG)
26th 2020 Pauline O'Reilly
(GP)
Marie Sherlock
(Lab)
Pat Casey
(FF)
Shane Cassells
(FF)
John Cummins
(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. ^ Died on 18 September 1947.
  2. ^ Died on 22 May 1946.
  3. ^ Elected to Seanad at a by-election on 24 July 1946m
  4. ^ Died on 2 August 1956.
  5. ^ Died on 27 February 1950.
  6. ^ Resigned on 31 May 1950.
  7. ^ Died on 22 June 1953.
  8. ^ Died on 2 April 1960.
  9. ^ Elected to Seanad at a by-election on 1 November 1960.
  10. ^ Died on 23 February 1972.
  11. ^ Resigned Fianna Fáil whip on 27 March 2007.
  12. ^ Elected to the Seanad at a by-election on 23 June 1998.
  13. ^ Fine Gael party whip removed on 16 July 2013.
  14. ^ Suspended from Sinn Féin 19 March – 19 June 2018.
  15. ^ a b c 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 Labour Panel:[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Constitution of Ireland". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 28 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 28 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 28 March 2020.