Ray Butler (politician)
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.
|Assumed office |
11 May 2016
|Constituency||Nominated by the Taoiseach|
February 2011 – February 2016
30 December 1965
Kells, County Meath, Ireland
|Political party||Fine Gael|
|Spouse(s)||Marie Butler (m. 1995)|
|Alma mater||NUI 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.
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.
- "Ray Butler". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
- "Ray Butler". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
- Sarah Bardon (27 May 2016). "FF leader selects three of Taoiseach's 11 Seanad appointees". Irish Times.
- McDonagh, Darragh (1 July 2019). "Senator finally repays €30,000 golden handshake, three years on". Irish Independent. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
| Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Meath West
With: Peadar Tóibín
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