Séamus Kirk

Séamus Kirk (born 26 April 1945) is an Irish former Fianna Fáil politician who served as Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann from 2009 to 2011 and Minister of State for Horticulture from 1987 to 1992. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Louth constituency from 1982 to 2016.[1]

Séamus Kirk
Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann
In office
13 October 2009 – 9 March 2011
DeputyBrendan Howlin
Preceded byJohn O'Donoghue
Succeeded bySeán Barrett
Minister of State for Horticulture
In office
10 March 1987 – 11 February 1992
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byJohn Browne
Teachta Dála
In office
November 1982 – February 2016
Personal details
Born (1945-04-26) 26 April 1945 (age 75)
Drumkeith, County Louth, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Mary McGeough
Alma materNUI Galway


Kirk was born in Drumkeith, County Louth. He is married to Mary McGeough. They have three sons and one daughter and live in Knockbridge, County Louth. He was educated at CBS Dundalk. He was a farmer and agricultural adviser before entering politics. He is a former player on the Louth County GAA Team.

Political careerEdit

He was a member of Louth County Council from 1974 to 1985, and he was first elected to the Dáil Éireann at the November 1982 general election as a member of the 24th Dáil. He has been returned in each subsequent election.[2]

Kirk was Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food from 1987 to 1992. Later, he was the chairman of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party from 2002 until October 2009. He was also an unsuccessful candidate for election to the European Parliament in 2004 in the East constituency. His running mate Liam Aylward took a seat for Fianna Fáil.

On 13 October 2009, Kirk succeeded John O'Donoghue as Ceann Comhairle[3] after O'Donoghue resigned over an expenses scandal. He was nominated for that post by Taoiseach Brian Cowen and seconded by Tanáiste Mary Coughlan, and he defeated Fine Gael's Dinny McGinley by 87 votes to 51 votes. McGinley had been nominated by his party's leader, Enda Kenny.[4]

In September 2014, he announced he would not be contesting the 2016 general election.[5]


  1. ^ "Séamus Kirk". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Séamus Kirk". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Kirk elected Ceann Comhairle". The Irish Times. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Kirk succeeds O'Donoghue as Ceann Comhairle". RTÉ News. 13 October 2009. Archived from the original on 16 October 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2009.
  5. ^ "Louth TD Kirk will not contest next general election". Irish Examiner. 17 September 2014.

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Preceded by
Thomas Bellew
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Louth
November 1982–2016
Succeeded by
Declan Breathnach
(Fianna Fáil)
Political offices
Preceded by
Patrick Hegarty
Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food
Succeeded by
Liam Hyland
Preceded by
John O'Donoghue
Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann
Succeeded by
Seán Barrett
Party political offices
Preceded by
Rory O'Hanlon
Chairman of the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party
Succeeded by
John Browne