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WOMEN MEMBERS OF DÁIL ÉIREANN

1) Beverley Cooper-Flynn

12) Liz McManus

2) Mary Coughlan

13) Breeda Moynihan-Quinn

3) Síle De Valera

14) Roisín Shorthall

4) Mary Hanafin

15) Jan O'Sullivan

5) Maire Hoctor

16) Mary Upton

6) Cecilia Keaveney

17) Mary Harney

7) Mary Wallace

18) Liz O'Donnell

8) Olwyn Enright

19) Fiona O'Malley

9) Olivia Mitchell

20) Mae Sexton

10) Joan Burton

21) Mildred Fox

11) Kathleen Lynch

22) Marian Harkin



Beverley Cooper-Flynn

Date of Birth

June 1966 (née Flynn)

Family

daughter of TD; married

Education

University College Dublin

Early career

financial service manager

Early political experience

Mayo County Council (1996-), contested Mayo (1994)

Years in il

1997-date

Party

Fianna Fail

Constituency

Mayo

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Mary Coughlan

Date of Birth

May 1965

Family

daughter and niece of TDs; married, two children

Education

University College Dublin

Early career

social worker

Early political experience

Donegal County Council (1986-date)

Years in il

1987-date

Party

Fianna Fáil

Constituency

Donegal South West

Offices held

Minister of State, Department of the Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht & the Islands (with special responsibility for the Gaeltacht & the Islands) (2000-2002); Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs (2002-2004); Minister for Agriculture (2004-date)

Opposition portfolios

Educational reform (1995-97)

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Síle De Valera

Date of Birth

December 1954

Family

granddaughter of Eamon De Valera; single

Education

University College Dublin

Early career

career guidance teacher

Years in il

Dail: 1977-81 (def.), 1997-date; European Parliament: 1979-84 (ret.)

Party

Fianna Fáil

Constituency

Dail: Dublin Mid County, Clare (from 1987); Europe: Dublin

Offices held

Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht and the Islands (1997-2002); Minister of State, Department of Education & Science (2002-date)

Opposition portfolios

Arts (1994-97)

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Mary Hanafin

Date of Birth

June 1959

Family

daughter of senator

Education

ST Patrick's College, Maynooth; Dublin Institute of Technology

Early career

teacher

Early political experience

Dublin City Council (1985-91), contested Dublin South East (1989)

Years in il

1997-date

Party

Fianna Fáil

Constituency

Dun Laoghaire

Offices held

Minister of state at the Department of Health & Children (2000-2002); Government Chief Whip and Minister of State, Department of Defence (2002-2004); Minister for Education and Science (2004-date)

Other public offices

Fianna Fáil National Executive (1980-2003), Fianna Fáil treasurer (1993)

Official website

www.maryhanafin.ie

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Máire Hoctor

Date of Birth

unknown

Family

unknown

Education

St Patrick's College, Maynooth

Early career

unknown

Early political experience

Nenagh UDC (1994-date)

Years in il

2002-date

Party

Fianna Fáil

Constituency

Tipperary North

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Cecilia Keaveney

Date of Birth

November 1968

Family

daughter of TD

Education

University of Ulster Jordanstown

Early career

music teacher

Early political experience

Donegal County Council (1995-)

Years in il

1996-date

Party

Fianna Fáil

Constituency

Donegal North East

Committees

Joint committee on health & children; Education & Science

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Mary Wallace

Date of Birth

June 1959

Family

married, one son

Education

Rathmines College of Commerce

Early career

personnel executive

Early political experience

Meath County Council (1982-87)

Years in Oireachtas

Seanad: 1987-89, Dáil: 1989-date

Party

Fianna Fáil

Constituency

Seanad: administrative panel; Dáil: Meath

Offices held

Minister of State, Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform, special responsibility for equality and disabilities (1997-)

Opposition portfolios

Disabilities & carers (1995-97)

Committees

Women's Rights (1987-97; chairman 1995-97); Family (1995-97)

Other public offices

Chair, Fianna Fáil National Women's Council (1992-94)

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Olwyn Enright

Date of Birth

July 1974

Family

daughter of TD; single

Education

University College Dublin, University College Galway

Early career

solicitor

Early political experience

Galway County Council (1999-date)

Years in il

2002-date

Party

Fine Gael

Constituency

Laois Offaly

Official website

www.olwynenright.ie

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Olivia Mitchell

Date of Birth

July 1947

Family

married, three children

Education

Trinity College Dublin

Early career

economics teacher

Early political experience

Dublin County Council (1985-93), Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (1994-date, Cathaoirleach, 1996-97); contested Dublin South (1989, 1992)

Years in il

1997-date

Party

Fine Gael

Constituency

Dublin South

Opposition portfolios

Local development, national drugs strategy, and Dublin traffic (1997-2000), traffic (Dublin and national (2000-01), housing and local government (2001-)

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Joan Burton

Date of Birth

February 1949

Family

married, one child

Education

University College Dublin

Early career

lecturer and chartered accountant

Early political experience

Dublin County Council (1991), contested Dublin Central (1989)

Years in il

1992-97 (def.), 2002-date

Party

Labour

Constituency

Dublin West

Offices held

Minister of State, Department of Social Welfare, 1992-94; Minister of State, Department of Foreign Affairs (Overseas Development), 1995-97

Other public offices

Fingal County Council

Official website

www.joanburton.ie

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Kathleen Lynch

Date of Birth

1953

Family

married, four children

Education

Blackrock National School, Cork

Early career

clothing industry worker

Early political experience

Cork Corporation (1985-date), contested Dáil elections of 1987, 1989, 1992, 1994; Munster, European election (1994)

Years in il

1994-97 (def.), 2002-date

Party

Democratic Left; Labour (1999-)

Constituency

Cork North Central

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Liz McManus

Date of Birth

March 1947 (née Driscoll)

Family

married, four children

Education

University College Dublin

Early career

author, architect

Early political experience

Bray UDC (1978), Wicklow County Council (1995)

Years in il

1992-date

Party

Democratic Left, Labour (1999-)

Constituency

Wicklow

Offices held

Minister of State for Housing & Urban Renewal (1994-97)

Opposition portfolios

Agriculture & Food, Equality & Law Reform (1993-94), Health

Committees

Social Affairs (1993), Justice, Equality & Women's Rights (1997), S-C on Women's Rights (1998)

Other public offices

Forum for Peace & Reconciliation (1994-97)

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Breeda Moynihan-Cronin

Date of Birth

March 1953 (née Moynihan)

Family

daughter of TD; married

Education

Skerry's College, Cork

Early career

bank official

Early political experience

Kerry County Council (1991-date)

Years in il

1992-date

Party

Labour

Constituency

Kerry South

Offices held

Chair of Tourism, Sport & Recreation committee

Opposition portfolios

Equality & Law Reform (1997-8); Social, Community & Family Affairs (1998-99); Tourism & Recreation (1999-date)

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Róisín Shorthall

Date of Birth

25 April 1954

Family

married, three children

Education

University College Dublin

Early career

schoolteacher

Early political experience

Dublin City Council (1991-date)

Years in il

1992-date

Party

Labour

Constituency

Dublin North West

Opposition portfolios

Health & children, Justice

Committees

Health & Children

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Jan O'Sullivan

Date of Birth

6 December 1950 (née Gale)

Family

married, two children

Education

Trinity College Dublin; University College Cork

Early career

preschool teacher

Early political experience

Limerick City Council (1985-), Mayor of Limerick (1993-94)

Years in Oireachtas

Seanad: 1993-97, il: 1998-date

Party

Democratic Socialist Party (to 1990) Labour

Constituency

Limerick East

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Mary Upton

Date of Birth

30 May 1946

Family

sister of TD; unmarried

Education

University College Dublin

Early career

scientist and lecturer

Early political experience

campaign manager for her brother

Years in il

1999-date

Party

Labour

Constituency

Dublin South Central

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Mary Harney

Date of Birth

11 March 1953

Family

married

Education

Trinity College

Early career

researcher, financial institution

Early political experience

contested Dublin South (1977), Dublin County Council (1979-91)

Years in Oireachtas

Seanad: 1977-81, Dail: 1981-date

Party

Fianna Fáil, Progressive Democrats (1985-)

Constituency or panel

Dublin South West, Dublin Mid West (2002-); Taoiseach's nominee

Offices held

Minister of State, Department of the Environment (with special responsibility for Environmental Protection) (1989-92), Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment (1997-2004); Tánaiste and Minister for Health & Children (2004-date)

Other public offices

Deputy Leader of Progressive Democrats (February 1993), Leader (October 1993)

Official website

www.maryharney.ie

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Liz O'Donnell

Date of Birth

July 1956

Family

married, two children

Education

Trinity College Dublin

Early career

lawyer

Early political experience

Dublin City Council (1991-94)

Years in il

1992-date

Party

Progressive Democrats

Constituency

Dublin South

Offices held

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs (Overseas Development & Human Rights), 1997-2004

Other public offices

Health and Social Welfare (1992-93), Party Whip, Justice (1993-97)

Official website

www.lizodonnell.ie

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Fiona O'Malley

Date of Birth

1968

Family

daughter of TD

Education

Trinity College Dublin, London City University

Early career

art gallery administrator

Early political experience

PA to Liz O'Donnell (1998-2000); Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council (1999-date)

Years in il

2002-date

Party

Progressive Democrats

Constituency

Dun Laoghaire

Official website

www.fionaomalley.ie

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Mae Sexton

Date of Birth

unknown

Family

unknown

Education

unknown

Early career

unknown

Early political experience

Longford County Council, Longford Urban District Council; contested Longford-Roscommon (1992 as independent; and 1997)

Years in il

2002-date

Party

Progressive Democrats

Constituency

Longford-Roscommon

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Mildred Fox

Date of Birth

June 1971

Family

daughter of TD; married, one child

Education

University College Dublin

Early career

hotel office manager

Early political experience

Wicklow County Council (1995)

Years in il

1995-date

Party

Independent

Constituency

Wicklow

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Marion Harkin

Date of Birth

unknown

Family

unknown

Education

unknown

Early career

teacher

Early political experience

contested Connacht Ulster, European election (1999)

Years in il

2002-date

Party

Independent

Constituency

Sligo-Leitrim

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