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IRISH WOMEN MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
1979 TO PRESENT

Síle de Valera

Avril Doyle

Eileen Desmond

Nuala Ahern

Eileen Lemass

Patricia McKenna

Bernie Malone

Dana Rosemary Scallon

Mary Banotti

Eileen Desmond

Date of Birth

December 1932 (née Harrington)

Family

married TD, two children

Education

Convent of Mercy, Kinsale

Early career

civil servant

Early political experience

Cork County Council (1965)

Years in Parliament

Dail: 1965-69 (def.), 1973-87 (ret.); Seanad: 1969-73; European Parliament: 1979-81 (ret.)

Party

Labour

Constituency

Mid Cork, Cork South Centrral; Seanad: Industrial & Commercial; Europe: Munster

Offices

Minister for Health and Minister for Social Welfare (1981-82)

Opposition portfolios

Education (1965)

Committees

Procedure & Privileges (1965-69); Library (1973); Women's Rights, Marriage Breakdown (1983)

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Bernie Malone

Date of Birth

26 March 1948

Family

married

Education

University College Dublin

Early career

lawyer

Early political experience

Dublin County Council (1979-94)

Years in Parliament

1994-date

Party

Labour

Constituency

Dublin

Committees

Foreign Affairs, Security & Defence Policy (vice chair); Development & Cooperation Employment & Social Affairs

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Mary Banotti

Date of Birth

29 May 1939 (née O'Mahony)

Family

sister of TD; separated, one child

Education

London Hospital; Hunter College, New York

Early career

nurse, social worker, TV presenter

Early political experience & other campaigns

contested Seanad election (1982-83), contested Dublin Central (1983), Irish presidency (1997)

Years in Parliament

1984-date

Party

Fine Gael

Constituency

Dublin

Other public offices

Quaestor in European Parliament (1999-date), UN goodwill ambassador (1999-date), Mediator for Transnationally Abducted Children (1995-date)

Committees

Environment, Public Health & Consumer Protection (1984-89), Women's Rights (1984-86, 1995-date); Culture, Youth, Education & Media (1989); Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs; Employment and Social Affairs; Petitions (1994-date)

Official website

www.banotti.ie

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Avril Doyle

Date of Birth

18 April 1949 (née Belton)

Family

daughter of senator; married, three children

Education

University College Dublin, University of Grenoble, University of Nottingham

Early career

biochemist, retailer, teacher, farmer

Early political experience & other campaigns

Wexford County Council (1973), Wexford Borough Council (1973-82; Mayor 1976-77); contested Wexford (2002)

Years in Oireachtas

Dáil: 1982-89 (def.), 1992-97 (def), Seanad: 1989-92, 1997-date; European Parliament: 1999-date

Party

Fine Gael

Constituency or Panel

Dáil: Wexford; Seanad: Agricultural; European Parliament: Leinster

Offices held

Minister of State, Department of Finance (with special responsibility for Office of Public Works) and Department of Environment (with special responsibility for Environmental Protection) (1986-87)
Minister of State, Departments of the Taoiseach; Finance; and Transport, Energy & Communications (1994-97)

Opposition portfolios

Marine Affairs (1987-88), Agriculture (1988-89), Environment (1993-94)

Official website

www.avrildoyle.ie

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Nuala Ahern

Date of Birth

5 February 1949 (née McDowell)

Family

married

Education

Brunel University

Early career

counselling psychologist

Early political experience

Wicklow County Council (1991-94)

Years in Parliament

1994-date

Party

Green

Constituency

Leinster

Committees

Industry; External Trade; Research & Energy; Culture, Youth, Education, the Media & Sport

Official website

www.nualaahern.net

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Patricia McKenna

Date of Birth

13 March 1957

Family

married, one son

Education

Limerick College of Art & Design, National College for Art & Design

Early career

art teacher

Early political experience

contested Dublin Central (1992)

Years in Parliament

1994-date

Party

Green

Constituency

Dublin

Committees

Environment, Public Health & Consumer Policy; Fisheries; Citizens' Freedoms & Rights; Justice & Home Affairs

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Dana Rosemary Scallon

Date of Birth

30 August 1950 (née Browne)

Family

married, four children

Education

Thornhill Convent, Derry

Early career

singer, TV presenter

Early political experience

contested Irish presidential election as nominee of county councils (1997)

Years in Parliament

1999-date

Party

Independent

Constituency

Connacht-Ulster

Committees

Regional Policy, Transport & Tourism; Culture, Youth, Education, the Media & Sport (substitute); Citizens' Freedoms & Rights, Justice & Home Affairs

Official website

www.danascallon.ie

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