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FORMER WOMEN MEMBERS OF SEANAD ÉIREANN

Avril Doyle

Mary Jackman

Therese Ridge

Madeleine Taylor-Quinn

Helen Keogh

Ann Leonard

Máirín Quill


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, 1997-2002; 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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Mary Jackman

Date of Birth

April 1943 (née Furlong)

Family

married, one child

Education

University College Cork

Early career

secondary schoolteacher

Early political experience and other campaigns

Limerick County Council (1985-date, Cathaoirleach 1998), contested Limerick East (1989, 1997, 1998, 2002)

Years in the Seanad

1989-93, 1997-2002

Party

Fine Gael

Panel

Labour panel

Opposition portfolios

Education & Women's Affairs; Health & Children

Committees

women's rights (1989-92), Health & Children (1997-2002)

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Therese Ridge

Date of Birth

March 1941

Family

married, three children

Education

St Patrick's College, Maynooth

Early career

teacher

Early political experience & other campaigns

Dublin County Council (1985-93); South Dublin County Council (1993-date); contested Dublin Mid West (2002)

Years in the Seanad

1997-2002

Party

Fine Gael

Panel

Labour

Opposition portfolios

Family, Community & Social Affairs

Committees

Family, Community & Social Affairs (1997-2002)

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Madeleine Taylor-Quinn

Date of Birth

May 1951

Family

daughter of TD; married, two children

Education

University College Galway

Early career

secondary schoolteacher

Early political experience & other campaigns

Clare County Council (1979-date); contested Clare (2002)

Years in the Oireachtas

Dáil: 1981-82, 1982-92, Seanad: 1982, 1993-2002

Party

Fine Gael

Constituency or panel

Dáil: Clare, Seanad: Cultural & Educational

Opposition portfolios

Tourism (1987), the Marine (1988)

Committees

Women's Rights (1983-87, 1987-89), Marriage Breakdown (1983), Foreign Affairs (1997)

Official website

www.mtq.ie

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Helen Keogh

Date of Birth

June 1951

Family

married, two children

Education

University College Dublin

Early career

guidance counsellor

Early political experience & other campaigns

Dublin City Council (1991-93), Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council (1991-date); contested Dun Laoghaire (2002)

Years in Oireachtas

Dáil: 1992-97, Seanad: 1997-2002

Party

Progressive Democrat, Fine Gael (from 2000)

Constituency or panel

Dáil: Dun Laoghaire, Seanad: Taoiseach's nominee

Opposition portfolios

Equality, Opportunity & the Family (2001-2002)

Official website

www.helenkeogh.ie

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Ann Leonard

Date of Birth

January 1969

Family

daughter of TD; single

Education

Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin; Irish Institute for Reflexologists; Rotunda Hospital; Missionary Training Hospital, Drogheda

Early career

paediatric nurse, midwife

Early political experience

contested Cavan-Monaghan (1997)

Years in the Seanad

1997-2002

Party

Fianna Fáil

Panel

Taoiseach's nominee

Committees

Family, Community & Social Affairs (1997-)

Other public offices

Monaghan County Council (1999-)


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