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The composition of Seanad √Čireann, the upper house of the Oireachtas (parliament) of Irelandmarker, is defined in outline by Article 18 of the Constitution of Ireland, which provides for 11 appointees that are nominated by the Taoiseach (prime minister). Additionally 6 senators are elected by the universities, and 5 Vocational Panels which together elect 43 senators, giving a total of 60 members.

The original intent was to guarantee the government a majority in the upper house. The nominees are usually aspiring Teachta√≠ D√°la (TDs) or members of D√°il √Čireann who lost their seats in the D√°il general election. Independent (non-party) members like Maurice Hayes and Gordon Wilson have also been appointed in the past.

23rd Seanad (2007)

Nominated on 3 August 2007

Name Party
Dan Boyle Green Party
Martin Brady Fianna F√°il
Ivor Callely Fianna F√°il
Ciar√°n Cannon Progressive Democrats
Maria Corrigan Fianna F√°il
D√©irdre de B√ļrca Green Party
John Ellis Fianna F√°il
Eoghan Harris Independent
Lisa McDonald Fianna F√°il
Brian √ď Domhnaill Fianna F√°il
Fiona O'Malley Progressive Democrats

22nd Seanad (2002)

Nominated on 26 July 2002

Name Party
Cyprian Brady Fianna F√°il
Michael Brennan Progressive Democrats
John Dardis Progressive Democrats
Maurice Hayes Independent
Brendan Kenneally Fianna F√°il
Michael Kitt Fianna F√°il
John Minihan Progressive Democrats
Tom Morrissey Progressive Democrat
Pat Moylan Fianna F√°il
Mary O'Rourke
(Leader of the Seanad)
Fianna F√°il
Kate Walsh Progressive Democrats

Nominated on 3 May 2007

Nominated to replaced Kate Walsh who died on 24 April 2007.
Name Party
Colm O'Gorman Progressive Democrats

Nominated on 23 June 2007

Nominated to replace Mary O'Rourke, Cyprian Brady, Michael Kitt and Brendan Kenneally who were elected to D√°il √Čireann at the 2007 D√°il general election on 24 May 2007.
Name Party
Donie Cassidy
(Leader of the Seanad)
Fianna F√°il
Chris Wall Fianna F√°il
Se√°n Dorgan Fianna F√°il
Peter Sands Fianna F√°il


  1. Michael Brennan was nominated when still a member of Fianna F√°il.
  2. Mary O'Rourke was Leader of the Seanad until her election to D√°il √Čireann on 24 May 2007.

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