List of Seanad by-elections

This is a list of by-elections to Seanad Éireann, the senate of the Oireachtas, the legislature of Ireland, established in 1938. By-elections occur to fill vacant seats which can be caused by the death, resignation, disqualification or expulsion of a sitting senator. By-elections to the university constituencies are conducted on the same basis as general elections to these constituencies.[1] By-elections to the vocational panels are held on a reduced electorate of members of the Oireachas only.[2]

By-elections since 1938Edit

By-elections in which seats changed parties are indicated with a grey background.

Winner Party Constituency Date Seanad Outgoing Party Reason for vacancy
Thomas J. O'Connell Lab Cultural and Educational 22 January 1941 3rd Seanad Thomas Delany Ind Death on 9 July 1939
Frederick Hawkins Ind Labour 24 July 1946 5th Seanad John Thomas Keane Ind Death on 22 May 1946
Joseph Warwick Bigger Ind University of Dublin 22 November 1947 5th Seanad T. C. Kingsmill Moore Ind Incompatible office: appointed as a judge of the High Court on 11 June 1947
Mary Davidson Lab Industrial and Commercial 12 March 1952 6th Seanad Joseph Brennan Ind Death on 1 February 1950
William J. E. Jessop Ind University of Dublin 12 March 1952 7th Seanad Gardner Budd Ind Incompatible office: appointed as a judge of the High Court on 2 October 1951
John F. Cunningham Ind NUI 14 May 1956 7th Seanad Helena Concannon FF Death on 27 February 1952
William Woods Ind Administrative 14 May 1956 8th Seanad James McGee Ind Death on 19 January 1956
Joe Sheridan Ind Agricultural 14 May 1956 8th Seanad William Quirke FF Death on 5 March 1955
James O'Keeffe FG Industrial and Commercial 14 May 1956 8th Seanad Matthew Smith FF Death on 3 November 1955
Seamus Bohan Ind Industrial and Commercial 14 May 1956 8th Seanad Andrew Clarkin FF Death on 23 November 1955
John J. Brennan FF Administrative 9 February 1960 9th Seanad John O'Leary Lab Death on 21 June 1959
Martin O'Dwyer Ind Agricultural 9 February 1960 9th Seanad Patrick Baxter CnaT Death on 3 April 1959
William J. E. Jessop Ind University of Dublin 13 May 1960 9th Seanad William Fearon Ind Death on 27 December 1959
Gerard B. Dillon FF Administrative 1 November 1960 9th Seanad Patrick Teehan FF Incompatible office: elected to the Dáil on 23 June 1960
Edward Browne Ind Labour 1 November 1960 9th Seanad Frank Purcell Ind Death on 2 April 1960
Batt Donegan FF Agricultural 28 November 1963 10th Seanad John Donnelly Sheridan Ind Death on 5 April 1963
John Costelloe FF Industrial and Commercial 28 November 1963 10th Seanad Daniel Moloney FF Death on 26 June 1963
Cornelius O'Callaghan FF Agricultural 24 February 1970 12th Seanad James Martin FF Death on 3 October 1969
Seán Keegan FF Administrative 16 June 1970 12th Seanad Patrick Malone FG Incompatible office: elected to the Dáil on 14 April 1970
Trevor West Ind University of Dublin 19 November 1970 12th Seanad Owen Sheehy-Skeffington Ind Death on 7 June 1970
Micheál Prendergast FG Administrative 23 April 1975 13th Seanad Seán Brosnan FF Incompatible office: elected to the Dáil on 13 November 1974
Pat Codd FG Agricultural 23 April 1975 13th Seanad Cornelius O'Callaghan FF Death on 24 January 1974
Michael Ferris Lab Agricultural 23 April 1975 13th Seanad Bob Aylward FF Death on 18 July 1974
Roddy Connolly Lab Cultural and Educational 23 April 1975 13th Seanad Billy Fox FG Death on 12 March 1974
Jack Daly FG Industrial and Commercial 23 April 1975 13th Seanad Denis Farrelly FG Death on 27 December 1974
Vincent McHugh FG Cultural and Educational 25 October 1976 13th Seanad Mary Walsh FG Death on 18 August 1976
Michael Donnelly FF Administrative 7 December 1977 14th Seanad Jack Garrett FF Death on 11 September 1977
Catherine McGuinness Ind University of Dublin 11 December 1979 14th Seanad Conor Cruise O'Brien Ind Resigned on 13 June 1979
Jim Doolan FF Administrative 16 April 1980 14th Seanad Liam Burke FF Incompatible office: elected to the Dáil on 7 November 1979
Tony Bromell FF Industrial and Commercial 19 December 1988 18th Seanad Jack Daly FG Death on 5 May 1988
Sam McAughtry Ind Industrial and Commercial 23 February 1996 20th Seanad Seán Fallon FF Death on 4 July 1995
Denis Naughten FG Agricultural 28 January 1997 20th Seanad Liam Naughten FG Death on 16 November 1996
John Cregan FF Labour 23 June 1998 21st Seanad Seán Ryan Lab Incompatible office: elected to the Dáil on 11 March 1998
Seán Ó Fearghaíl FF Agricultural 9 June 2000 21st Seanad Patrick McGowan FF Death on 3 October 1999
Jim Glennon FF Industrial and Commercial 9 June 2000 21st Seanad Pat Gallagher Lab Resigned on 12 October 1999
M. J. Nolan FF Agricultural 9 December 2001 21st Seanad Tom Hayes FG Incompatible office: elected to the Dáil on 30 June 2001
Niall Ó Brolcháin GP Agricultural 14 December 2009 23rd Seanad Alan Kelly Lab Incompatible office: elected to the European Parliament on 5 June 2009
Paschal Mooney FF Agricultural 19 January 2010 23rd Seanad Peter Callanan FF Death on 11 October 2009
James Carroll FF Administrative 26 November 2009 23rd Seanad Tony Kett FF Death on 19 April 2009
Gerard Craughwell Ind Cultural and Educational 20 October 2014 24th Seanad Deirdre Clune FG Incompatible office: elected to the European Parliament on 23 May 2014
Máiría Cahill Lab Industrial and Commercial 13 November 2015 24th Seanad Jimmy Harte Lab Resigned on 23 September 2015
Ian Marshall[3] Ind U Agricultural 27 April 2018 25th Seanad Denis Landy Lab Resigned on 28 November 2017
Anthony Lawlor[3] FG Agricultural 27 April 2018 25th Seanad Trevor Ó Clochartaigh Ind Resigned on 5 March 2018
Pippa Hackett GP Agricultural 1 November 2019 25th Seanad Grace O'Sullivan GP Incompatible office: elected to the European Parliament on 24 May 2019
Maria Byrne[4] FG Agricultural 21 April 2021 26th Seanad Michael W. D'Arcy FG Resigned on 28 June 2020
Gerry Horkan[4] FF Industrial and Commercial 21 April 2021 26th Seanad Elisha McCallion SF Resigned on 29 October 2020
TBA N/A University of Dublin 2021 26th Seanad Ivana Bacik Lab Incompatible office: elected to the Dáil on 9 July 2021

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Section 3 (Definitions) of the Seanad Electoral (University Members) Act 1937 (No. 30). 19 November 1937. Act of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 5 May 2021, Irish Statute Book., "the expression 'Seanad election' includes both a Seanad general election and a Seanad bye-election"
  2. ^ Section 60 of the Seanad Electoral (Panel Members) Act 1947 (No. 42). 19 December 1947. Act of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 5 May 2021, Irish Statute Book.
  3. ^ a b "Unionist farmer takes one of two Seanad seats". RTÉ News. 27 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b Lehane, Mícheál (21 April 2021). "Byrne, Horkan elected to Seanad following by-election". RTÉ News. Retrieved 8 May 2021.