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FORMER WOMEN TDs FIRST ELECTED 1970-97

1) Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

10) Madeleine Taylor-Quinn

19) Theresa Ahearn

2) Catherine Ahern

11) Gemma Hussey

20) Niamh Bhreathnach

3) Eileen Lemass

12) Monica Barnes

21) Eithne Fitzgerald

4) Myra Barry

13) Avril Doyle

22) Frances Fitzgerald

5) Carrie Acheson

14) Mary O'Rourke

23) Deidre Clune

6) Nuala Fennell

15) Anne Colley

24) Helen Keogh

7) Mary Flaherty

16) Geraldine Kennedy

25) Marian McGennis

8) Alice Glenn

17) Mary Mooney

 

9) Nora Owen

18) Máirin Quill

 

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

Date of Birth

5 September 1950 (née Geoghegan)

Family

daughter of TD; married, two children

Education

Carysfort Teachers' Training College, Blackrock

Early career

teacher

Years in parliament

1975-97 (ret.)

Party

Fianna Fáil

Constituency

Galway West

Offices held

Parliamentary Secretary to Minister for Industry, Commerce, & Energy (1977-78); Minister of State, Department of Industry, Commerce, & Energy (with special responsibility for Consumer Affairs) 1978-79;
Minister for the Gaeltacht (1979-81); Minister of State, Department of the Taoiseach, (with special responsibility as co-ordinator of Government Policy and EC matters) 1987-91; Minister for Tourism, Transport & Communications (1992-93); Minister for Justice (1993-94); Minister for Equality & Law Reform (1994)

Committees

Women's Rights (chair, 1983); Marital Breakdown (1983), Social Affairs (1995)

Other public offices

Fianna Fáil Party Chairman; Galway City Council (1985-91)

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Catherine (Kit) Ahern

Date of Birth

13 January 1915

Family

married

Education

College of Art, Dublin

Early career

teacher

Early political experience

Kerry County Council (1967; Cathaoirleach, 1977-78); contested Kerry North (1965, 1969, 1973)

Years in il

1977-81 (def.)

Party

Fianna Fáil

Constituency

Kerry North

Other public offices

President, Irish Countrywomen's Association (1961-64); President, Kerry Historical & Archaeological Society.

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Eileen Lemass

Date of Birth

July 1932 (née Delaney)

Family

husband and father in law TDs, children

Education

National College of Art, Grafton Academy of Dress Designing, Abbey School of Acting

Early political experience

Dublin City Council (1974), contested Dublin South West (1976)

Years in il

il: 1977-82 (def.), 1982-87 (ret.); European Parliament: 1984-89

Party

Fianna Fáil

Constituency

il: Dublin Ballyfermot, Dublin West (1981-); European Parliament: Dublin

Committees

Procedure & Privileges (1977); Women's Rights (1983-84)

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Myra Barry

Date of Birth

June 1957

Family

daughter of TD

Education

St Patrick's Teacher Training College, Dublin

Early career

teacher

Years in il

1979-87 (ret.)

Party

Fine Gael

Constituency

Cork North East, Cork East (1981-)

Opposition portfolios

Youth Affairs (1980-82)

Offices held

Women's Rights (1983), Marriage Breakdown (1983)

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Carrie Acheson

Date of Birth

September 1934 (née Barlow)

Family

sister of senator; married, one son

Education

London School of Business Studies

Early career

company director

Early political experience

Tipperary (SR) County Council (1974); Clonmel Borough Council, Mayor of Clonmel (1981-81)

Years in il

1981-Feb. 1982 (def.)

Party

Fianna Fáil

Constituency

Tipperary South

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Nuala Fennell

Date of Birth

November 1935 (née Campbell)

Family

married, three children

Education

Dominican College, Dublin

Early career

journalist, author

Early political experience

contested Dublin South as independent (1977); contested Dublin in 1979 European election

Years in il

1981-87 (def.), 1989-92 (ret.)

Party

Fine Gael

Constituency

Dublin South

Offices held

Minister of State, Departments of the Taoiseach and Justice, with responsibility for Women's Affairs & Family Law Reform (1982-87)

Opposition portfolios

Health (1989-92)

Committees

Women's Rights (1987-89, 1989-92)

Other public activities

Founder, AIM (family law reform organisation, 1972), ADAPT (for deserted wives, 1973)

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Mary Flaherty

Date of Birth

May 1953

Family

married, four children

Education

University College Dublin

Early career

teacher

Early political experience

Dublin City Council (1979)

Years in il

1981-97 (def.)

Party

Fine Gael

Constituency

Dublin North West

Offices held

Minister of State, Department of Social Welfare Health (1981-82)

Opposition portfolios

Health (1987), Overseas Development (1988), Social Welfare (1989-90), Energy (1990-93), Labour Affairs (1993)

Committees

Legislation (1983); Crime, Lawlessness & Vandalism (1983); Social Affairs (1993)

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Alice Glenn

Date of Birth

17 December 1927

Family

married, two children

Education

Haslem School of Dress Designing

Early career

dress designer

Early political experience

Dublin City Council (1974); contested (1973, 1977)

Years in parliament

1981-82 (def.), 1982-87 (ret.)

Party

Fine Gael

Constituency

Dublin Central

Other public offices

Fine Gael National Executive

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Nora Owen

Date of Birth

June 1945 (née O'Mahony)

Family

grandneice of Michael Collins, sister of Mary Banotti MEP; married, three sons

Education

University College Dublin

Early career

chemist

Early political experience

Dublin County Council (1979-?? )

Years in il

1981-87 (def.), 1989-2002 (def.)

Party

Fine Gael

Constituency

Dublin North

Offices held

Minister of Justice (1994-97)

Opposition portfolios

Overseas development (1992), Foreign Affairs (1989-92, 1993-94), Health (1992-93), Deputy Leader of Fine Gael (1993-2001), Quality of life & Family Affairs (2000-01), Aviation & Tourism (2001-date)

Other public offices

Fingal County Council (1993-??)

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Gemma Hussey

Date of Birth

November 1938 (née Moran)

Family

married, three children

Education

University College Dublin

Years in

il: Feb. 1982-89 (def.); Seanad: 1977-82

Party

Fine Gael (Independent senator 1977-80)

Constituency/Panel

il: Wicklow Seanad: National University of Ireland

Offices held

Government Leader of the Seanad (1981-82), Minister of Education (1982-86), Minister for Social Welfare (1986-87), Minister for Health (1987)

Opposition portfolios

Women's Affairs (1980-81), Arts, Culture & Broadcasting (1982), Education (1987)

Other public offices

member, Council for Status of Women

Publications

Hussey, Cabinet Diaries, 1982-87 (Dublin, 1990)

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Monica Barnes

Date of Birth

February 1936 (née McDermott)

Family

married, three children

Education

Oranges' Academy, Belfast

Early career

administrator, lecturer

Early political experience

contested (1981); Leinster, European election (1979, 1994)

Years in Oireachtas

il: Nov. 1982-92 (def.), 1997-2002 (ret.); Seanad: Feb. to Nov. 1982

Party

Fine Gael

Constituency/Panel

Dun Laoghaire; Seanad: Labour

Opposition portfolios

il: Women's Affairs; Seanad: Law Reform, Assistant Whip

Committees

Women's Rights (vice chair, 1983-87; chair 1989-92); Justice, Equality & Women's Rights (vice chair, 1997)

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Mary O'Rourke

Date of Birth

May 1937 (née Lenihan)

Family

daughter and sister of TDs; widow, two sons

Education

University College Dublin; Maynooth College

Early career

schoolteacher

Early political experience

Athlone UDC (1975-87), Westmeath County Council (1979-87)

Years in Oireachtas

Seanad: 1981-82; il: November 1982-2002 (def.)

Party

Fianna Fáil

Constituency

Longford-Westmeath, Westmeath (1992-)

Offices held

Minister for Education (1987-91), Minister for Health (1991-92), Minister of State, Department of Industry & Commerce (with special responsibility for Trade & Marketing) (1992-93) Minister of State, Department of Enterprise & Employment (with special responsibility for Labour Affairs) (1993-94), Minister for Public Enterprise (1997-date)

Opposition portfolios

Education (1982-87)

Other public offices

Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil (1994-2002)

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Anne Colley

Date of Birth

July 1951

Family

daughter and granddaughter of TDs, married, three children

Education

University College Dublin

Early career

solicitor

Years in il

1987-89 (def.)

Party

Progressive Democrats

Constituency

Dublin South

Opposition portfolios

Institutional Reform, Labour & the Public Service (1987-88); Justice (1988-89)

Committees

Public Accounts (1987-88)

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Geraldine Kennedy

Date of Birth

September 1951

Family

married, one child

Education

College of Commerce, Rathmines

Early career

journalist

Years in il

1987-89 (def.)

Party

Progressive Democrat

Constituency

Dun Laoghaire

Opposition portfolios

Foreign Affairs, Northern Ireland; Assistant Whip

Committees

Procedure & Privileges (1988)

Other public offices

First woman political correspondent in Ireland, first woman Chair of Oireachtas Press Gallery (1975)

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Mary Mooney

Date of Birth

December 1958

Family

married, one child

Education

St Theresa's Presentation Convent, Dublin

Early career

retailer in family business

Early political experience

Dublin City Council (1985)

Years in il

1987-89 (def.)

Party

Fianna Fáil

Constituency

Dublin South Central

Committees

Women's Rights (Vice Chair, 1987-89)

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Máirín Quill

Date of Birth

September 1936

Family

single

Education

University College Cork

Early career

secondary school teacher

Early political experience

Cork Corporation (1979-??), contested Cork City (1977) Cork North Central (1981)

Years in Oireachtas

Dáil: 1987-97, Seanad: 1997-2002

Party

Progressive Democrats

Constituency or panel

Dáil: Cork North Central; Seanad: Taoiseach's nominee

Committees

Irish language (1987), Crime committee chair (1991-92)

Other public offices

Chair of Progressive Democratic Party

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Theresa Ahearn

Date of Birth

May 1951

Family

married, four sons

Education

University College, Dublin; St Patrick's College, Maynooth

Early career

teacher

Early political experience

Tipperary County Council (1983)

Years in il

1989-2000 (obit)

Party

Fine Gael

Constituency

Tipperary South

Opposition portfolios

Labour (1992), Energy (1992-93), Equality & Disabilities (1997)

Committees

Crime (1991); Social Affairs (1993); Chair, Women's Affairs (1993-95); Foreign Affairs (1997); Justice, Equality & Women's Rights (1998-2000)

Other public offices

Clonmel Corporation (1993-2000), Fine Gael National Executive

Death

20 September 2000

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Niamh Bhreathnach

Date of Birth

June 1945

Family

married, two children

Education

Froebel Teacher Training College, Blackrock

Early career

teacher

Early political experience

Dun Laoghaire Borough Council (1991-93)

Years in il

1992-97 (def.)

Party

Labour

Constituency

Dun Laoghaire

Offices held

Minister for Education (1993-97)

Other public offices

Vice-chairperson, Labour Party (1989-90); Chairperson (1990-93)

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Eithne Fitzgerald

Date of Birth

November 1950

Family

married, three children

Education

University College Dublin

Early career

economist

Early political experience

Dublin County Council (1979-93)

Years in il

1992-97 (def.)

Party

Labour

Constituency

Dublin South

Offices held

Minister of State, Office of the Tánaiste and Department of Finance (with special responsibility for National Development Plan), 1993

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Frances Fitzgerald

Date of Birth

August 1950

Family

married, three children

Education

University College Dublin, London School of Economics

Early career

social worker

Years in il

1992-2002 (def.)

Party

Fine Gael

Constituency

Dublin South East

Opposition portfolios

Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht and the Islands (1993-94), Defence (1997-2000), Social, Community & Family Affairs (2000-01); Equality, Opportunity, & Family Affairs (2001-2002)

Committees

Justice, Equality & Law Reform

Other public offices

Chair of Council for the Status of Women (1988-92); member, Second Commission on the Status of Women (1990-93); member, Forum for Peace and Reconciliation (1995-6); Fine Gael National Executive

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Deirdre Clune

Date of Birth

1 June 1959 (née Barry)

Family

daughter and granddaughter of TDs; married, four children

Education

University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin

Early career

civil engineer

Years in il

1997-2002 (def.)

Party

Fine Gael

Constituency

Cork South Central

Opposition portfolios

Environmental Information & Protection (1997-2000), Arts Heritage & Gaeltacht and the Islands (2000-01), Environmental & Consumer Protection (2001-2002)

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Marian McGennis

Date of Birth

November 1953

Family

married, three children

Education

St Patrick's College, Maynooth

Early career

civil servant

Early political experience

Dublin County Council (1985-91), Fingal County Council (1993-98), Dublin Corporation (1999), contested Dublin North (1992)

Years in Oireachtas

Seanad: 1993-97, il: 1997-2002 (def.)

Party

Fianna Fáil

Constituency

Seanad: taoiseach's nominee; il: Dublin Central, Dublin Mid West (2002-date)

Opposition portfolios

Equality, Law Reform & Women's Affairs (1996-97)

Committees

The Constitution

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