Open main menu

Pádraig Ó Céidigh ([ˈpˠaːd̪ˠɾˠəɟ oː ceːdʲiː]; born 1 February 1957[1]) is an Irish Independent politician and redeveloper[2] of Aer Arann Express and Aer Lingus Regional[3] who has served as a member of Seanad Éireann since May 2016, after being nominated by the Taoiseach.[4][5][6]

Pádraig Ó Céidigh
Assumed office
25 May 2016
ConstituencyNominated by the Taoiseach
Personal details
Born (1957-01-02) 2 January 1957 (age 62)
Connemara, County Galway, Ireland
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Caitlín Uí Chéidigh (m. 1983)
Alma mater

He gained a B.Comm. from University College Galway in 1978.[7] He worked as an accountant and then as a teacher at Coláiste Iognáid, went on to study law and began practicing with his own firm in the city.[8]

He ran unsuccessfully for one of the three Seanad seats allocated to the National University of Ireland, losing on transfers despite being third on first preferences, but was nominated to the Seanad by the Taoiseach on 11 May 2016.[9]

Ó Céidigh served as a Member of the Governing Board of the Irish state broadcaster RTÉ[3] prior to his appointment to Seanad Éireann.

In March 2018, he announced his intention to stand in the 2018 presidential election against incumbent President Michael D. Higgins, as an Independent candidate.[10]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Doyle, Kevin (31 July 2018). "Aer Arann families annoyed at Ó Céidigh". Irish Independent.
  3. ^ a b "Pádraig Ó Céidigh - Personally Speaking Bureau". Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Pieta House founder among Kenny's Seanad nominees". RTÉ. 27 May 2016. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  5. ^, Strata3-. "Search results for "*:*" - RTÉ Radio 1".
  6. ^ "IHI: National Hospitality Managers' Conference & AGM A Gathering of Leaders".
  7. ^ "Class notes". Cois Coiribe. Autumn 2017. p. 56.
  8. ^ "NUI Galway announces Awards for Outstanding Graduates". 3 February 2003.
  9. ^ Here's who the Taoiseach has chosen to fill the remaining Seanad seats, 26 May 2016.
  10. ^ McCarthy, Justine (2018-03-18). "Pádraig Ó Céidigh is fourth senator to declare intention to contest presidency". The Sunday Times. ISSN 0956-1382. Retrieved 2018-03-20.