Thomas Byrne (13 April 1934 – 4 April 2006) was an Irish Fine Gael politician. He was educated at St Mary's College, Galway, and trained as a National School teacher at St Patrick's College of Education, Drumcondra, Dublin.
He stood unsuccessfully for Dáil Éireann at the 1969, 1973 and 1977 general elections. [ citation needed ]He was elected to Seanad Éireann in 1981 for the Labour Panel constituency. He was re-elected at the 1982 election but lost his seat at the 1983 Seanad election. He was a member of Galway County Council for the Loughrea area from 1967 to 1999.
The National University of Ireland (NUI) is a federal university system of constituent universities and recognised colleges set up under the Irish Universities Act 1908, and significantly amended by the Universities Act, 1997.
Jim Higgins is an Irish former Fine Gael politician. He served as a member of Seanad Éireann, Dáil Éireann, and was a European People's Party Member of the European Parliament for the North-West constituency from 2004 to 2014.
Thomas Walsh was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Minister for Agriculture from 1951 to 1954. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Carlow–Kilkenny constituency from 1948 to 1956. He also served as a Senator for the Agricultural Panel from 1943 to 1944.
Niall Ó Brolcháin is an Irish former Green Party politician who served as a Senator for the Agricultural Panel from December 2009 to April 2011. He served as Mayor of Galway from 2006 to 2007.
Tony Kett was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and member of Seanad Éireann. In 1997, he was elected to the 21st Seanad by the Administrative Panel. He was elected again in 2002 and in 2007.
Margaret Cox is an Irish former politician and Senator.
Michael Paschal Kitt is an Irish former Fianna Fáil politician who served as Leas-Cheann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann from 2011 to 2016, a Minister of State from 1991 to 1992, and from 2007 to 2009. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway East constituency from 1975 to 1977, 1981 to 2002, and 2007 to 2016. He was a Senator from 2002 to 2007, after being nominated by the Taoiseach and from 1977 to 1981 for the Administrative Panel.
Feargal Quinn was an Irish businessman, politician and television personality. He founded the Superquinn supermarket chain and served as a Senator for the National University constituency from 1993 to 2016.
Pádraic McCormack is an Irish former Fine Gael politician, who served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway West constituency from 1989 to 2011, and as a Senator from 1987 to 1989.
Dublin University is a university constituency in Ireland, which currently elects three senators to Seanad Éireann. Its electorate comprises the undergraduate scholars and graduates of the University of Dublin, whose sole constituent college is Trinity College Dublin, so it is often also referred to as the Trinity College constituency. Between 1613 and 1937 it elected MPs or TDs to a series of representative legislative bodies.
Joe O'Reilly is an Irish Fine Gael politician has served as a Senator for the Labour Panel since April 2016, and previously from 2007 to 2011 for the Industrial and Commercial Panel and from 1989 to 1992 for the Cultural and Educational Panel. He served as Leas-Chathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann from August 2020 to December 2022. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cavan–Monaghan constituency from 2011 to 2016.
Pádraic Ó Máille was an Irish politician. He was a founder member of Sinn Féin and of the Conradh na Gaeilge in Galway. He was a member of the Irish Volunteers from 1917 to 1921.
John Mannion was an Irish Fine Gael politician from Clifden, County Galway. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for three years and a senator for 11 years.
Seán Kyne is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has been a Senator for the Cultural and Educational Panel since March 2020, and previously from February 2020 to March 2020, after being nominated by the Taoiseach. He served as a Minister of State from 2016 to 2020, including as Government Chief Whip from 2018 to 2020. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway West constituency from 2011 to 2020.
Michael Mullins is an Irish former Fine Gael politician. He was elected to Seanad Éireann on the Cultural and Educational Panel in April 2011. He was a member of Galway County Council from 1985 to 2011 representing Ballinasloe. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Galway East at the 1992 general election. He was the Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is a former human resources manager. He is a first cousin of independent Senator Rónán Mullen.
Trevor Ó Clochartaigh is an Irish former politician who has served as a Senator for the Agricultural Panel from 2011 to 2018.
Hildegarde Naughton is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Health since December 2022, and as a Minister of State attending cabinet since June 2020. She has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway West constituency since 2016. She previously served as Chair of the Committee on Communications, Climate Action and the Environment from 2016 to 2020 and Mayor of Galway from 2011 to 2012. She also served as a Senator from 2013 to 2016, after being nominated by the Taoiseach.
James Doolan is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He was a member of Seanad Éireann from 1980 to 1981. He was elected to the Administrative Panel of the 14th Seanad at a by-election in April 1980, following the election of Liam Burke to the Dáil. He was not re-elected at the 1981 Seanad election. He was an unsuccessful Fianna Fáil candidate for the Connacht–Ulster constituency at the 1979 European Parliament election. He was an unsuccessful candidate at the 1993 and 1997 Seanad elections. He is a former professor at University College Galway.
Maria Byrne is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as a Senator for the Agricultural Panel since April 2021. She was previously a senator from 2016 to 2020.
The election to the 26th Seanad took place after the dissolution of the 32nd Dáil on 14 January 2020. The Constitution of Ireland requires a general election for Seanad Éireann, the Senate of the Oireachtas, to take place not later than ninety days after a dissolution of the Dáil. There are 60 seats in the Seanad: 43 were elected on five vocational panels by serving politicians, for which polling closed on 30 March 2020; 6 were elected in two university constituencies, for which polling closed on 31 March 2020; and 11 were nominated by the Taoiseach on 27 June 2020.