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WOMEN MEMBERS OF SEANAD ÉIREANN

The present Seanad, established in 1937, has sixty elected and nominated members (women members of the Senate of the Free State and other former women senators are listed here.) Eleven are nominated by the Taoiseach, six are elected by graduates of the National University of Ireland and University of Dublin, and forty-three are elected by vocational panels. Senators’ terms coincide with those of members of the Dáil, and they are re-appointed or replaced after each Dáil election, within ninety days of dissolution. Table 1 shows the current women senators of the 23rd Seanad (accurate as at August 2008). Table 2 gives a gender breakdown of the current Senate. Click here for a printable version of this page.

Table 1: Current women senators

Name

Panel

Party

Dates

Ann Ormonde

Cultural & Educational

Fianna Fáil

1993-date

Mary M. White

Industrial & Commercial

Fianna Fáil

2002-date

Geraldine Feeney

Labour

Fianna Fáil

2002-date

Nicky McFadden

Administration

Fine Gael

2007-date

Cecilia Keaveney

Cultural & Educational

Fianna Fáil

2007-date

Frances Fitzgerald

Labour

Fine Gael

2007-date

Fidelma Healy Eames

Labour

Fine Gael

2007-date

Ivana Bacik

University of Dublin

Non-Party

2007-date

Maria Corrigan

Taoiseach Nominee

Fianna Fáil

2007-date

Deirdre de Burca

Taoiseach Nominee

Greens

2007-date

Lisa McDonald

Taoiseach Nominee

Fianna Fáil

2007-date

Fiona O'Malley

Taoiseach Nominee

Progressive Democrat

2007-date

Table 2: Senators by gender and party, 2007

Party

Women

Men

Women’s %

Fianna Fáil

6

22

21

Fine Gael

3

11

..21

Labour

0

..6

0

Progressive Democrats

1

..1

50

Green

1
1
50

Independents & others

1

..7

12.5

Total

12

48

20

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