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Ray Butler (born 30 December 1965) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as a Senator since May 2016, after being nominated by the Taoiseach. He previously served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Meath West constituency from 2011 to 2016.[1][2]

Ray Butler
Assumed office
11 May 2016
ConstituencyNominated by the Taoiseach
Teachta Dála
In office
February 2011 – February 2016
ConstituencyMeath West
Personal details
Raymond Butler

(1965-12-30) 30 December 1965 (age 53)
Kells, County Meath, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Marie Butler (m. 1995)
Alma materNUI Galway

Living in Trim, Butler's family is originally from Kells. He served on Trim Town Council from 2004 to 2011, including a year as mayor of that council, and was elected to Meath County Council in May 2009.[2]

He lost his seat at the 2016 general election.[2] Butler was nominated to the 25th Seanad in May 2016.[3]

In 2019, it was reported that Butler had taken three years to repay the €30,000 severance allowance he received upon losing his Dáil seat, which became forfeit and repayable once he accepted a nomination to the Seanad.[4]


  1. ^ "Ray Butler". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Ray Butler". Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  3. ^ Sarah Bardon (27 May 2016). "FF leader selects three of Taoiseach's 11 Seanad appointees". Irish Times.
  4. ^ McDonagh, Darragh (1 July 2019). "Senator finally repays €30,000 golden handshake, three years on". Irish Independent. Retrieved 1 July 2019.

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Preceded by
Noel Dempsey
Johnny Brady
Damien English
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Meath West
With: Peadar Tóibín
Damien English
Succeeded by
Shane Cassells
Peadar Tóibín
Damien English