Families in the Oireachtas

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There is a tradition in Irish politics of having family members succeed each other, frequently in the same parliamentary seat. This article lists families where two or more members of that family have been members (TD or Senator) of either of the houses of the Oireachtas (Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann) or of the European Parliament. It also includes members of the Oireachtas who had a relation who served in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1801–1922) for an Irish constituency. It does not include people who have served only on local councils.

For the purposes of this list, a "family" has been defined as a group of people where each person has one of the following relationships to at least one of the other people listed:

  • son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter
  • father, mother, grandfather or grandmother
  • nephew, niece, grandnephew or grandniece
  • uncle, aunt, great uncle or great aunt
  • sibling or first cousin
  • spouse (husband or wife)
  • connected by marriage ("-in-law" relationships)

The list has been indexed against the name of the first family member to enter the Oireachtas.

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B

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D

E

F

G

H

K

L

  • James Larkin (1874–1947): IWL TD Dublin North 1927, Ind TD Dublin North-East 1937–38, Lab TD Dublin North-East 1943–44
    • James Snr's son James Larkin Jnr (1904–1969): Lab TD Dublin South 1943–48, Dublin South-Central 1948–54
    • James Snr's son Denis Larkin (1908–1987): Lab TD Dublin North-East 1954–61, 1965–69
  • Hugh Law (1818–1883): Liberal MP Londonderry 1874–81
  • Patsy Lawlor (1933–1998): FG Senator 1981–83
  • Seán Lemass (1899–1971): FF TD Dublin 1924–69
    • his son Noel Lemass Jnr (1929–1976): FF TD Dublin South-West 1956–76
      • Noel's wife Eileen Lemass (born 1932): FF TD Dublin South-West 1977–87, MEP Dublin 1984–89
    • Seán's son-in-law Charles Haughey (1925–2006): FF TD Dublin North-East/Dublin Artane/Dublin North-Central 1957–92
      • Charles' son Seán Haughey (born 1961): FF Senator 1987–92, FF TD Dublin North-Central 1992–2011, Dublin Bay North 2016–
    • Seán's grandson[citation needed] Seán O'Connor (born 1960): FF Senator 1982
  • Brian Lenihan Snr (1930–1995): FF Senator 1957–61, 1973–77, FF TD Roscommon 1961–69, Roscommon–Leitrim 1969–73, Dublin West 1977–97, MEP 1973–77
    • Brian Snr's father Patrick Lenihan (1902–1970): FF TD Longford–Westmeath 1965–70
    • Brian Snr's sister Mary O'Rourke (born 1937): FF Senator 1981–82, 2002–07, FF TD Longford–Westmeath 1982–97, 2007–11, Westmeath 1997–2002
    • Brian Snr's son Brian Lenihan Jnr (1959–2011): FF Dublin West 1996–2011
    • Brian Snr's son Conor Lenihan (born 1963): FF TD Dublin South-West 1997–2011
  • Jimmy Leonard (born 1927): FF TD Cavan–Monaghan 1973–81, Feb 1982–97, Senator 1981–82
    • his daughter Ann Leonard (born 1969): FF Senator 1997–2002
  • Patrick Little (1884–1963): FF TD Waterford 1927–54
    • his grandnephew Ciarán Cuffe (born 1963): GP TD Dún Laoghaire 2002–11
  • James B. Lynch (died 1954): FF TD Dublin South 1932–48 Senator 1951–54
    • his wife Celia Lynch (1908–1989): FF TD Dublin South-Central, Dublin North-Central 1954–77
  • Kathleen Lynch (born 1953): DL/Lab TD Cork North-Central 1994–97, 2002–16
    • her brother-in-law Ciarán Lynch (born 1964): Lab TD Cork South-Central 2007–16

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  • Liam Naughten (1944–1996): FG Senator 1981–82, 1989–96, FG TD Roscommon 1982–89
    • his son Denis Naughten (born 1973): FG Senator 1997, FG TD Longford–Roscommon 1997–2007, Roscommon–South Leitrim 2007–16, Ind TD Roscommon–Galway 2016–
  • Dan Neville (born 1946): FG Senator 1989–97, FG TD Limerick West 1997–2011, Limerick 2011–16
    • his son Tom Neville (born 1975): FG TD Limerick County 2016–
  • Tom Nolan (1921–1992): FF TD Carlow–Kilkenny 1965–82, MEP 1973–79
    • his son M. J. Nolan (born 1951): FF TD Carlow–Kilkenny 1982–2011
  • William Norton: (1900–1963): Lab TD Dublin County 1923–27, Kildare/Carlow–Kildare/Kildare 1932–63
    • his son Patrick Norton (born 1928): Lab TD Kildare 1965–69, Senator 1969–73

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Q

  • Ruairi Quinn (born 1946): Lab TD/Senator Dublin South-East 1977–81, 1982–2016
    • his first cousin Feargal Quinn (born 1936): Ind Senator 1993–2016

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  • Michael Reddy (d. 1919): IPP MP Birr 1900–18
    • his grandnephew Anthony Millar (1934–1993): FF TD for Galway South and Galway East 1958–69
      • Millar's uncle Patrick Beegan (1895–1958): FF TD for Galway constituencies 1932–58
  • John Edward Redmond (1806–1865): Lib MP City of Wexford 1859–65
    • his nephew William Archer Redmond (1825–1880): IPP MP Wexford 1872–80
      • William's son Willie Redmond (1861–1917): IPP MP Wexford Borough 1883–85, Fermanagh North 1885–92, Clare East 1892–1917
      • William's son John Redmond (1856–1918): IPP MP New Ross 1881–85, North Wexford 1885–91, Waterford City 1891–1918
        • John's son William Redmond (1886–1932): IPP/NLP/CnaG TD Waterford 1918–32
  • Patrick Reynolds (1887–1932): CnaG TD Leitrim–Sligo 1927–32
    • his wife Mary Reynolds (1889–1974): FG TD Leitrim–Sligo 1932–61
      • Their son Patrick J. Reynolds (1920–2003): FG TD Roscommon 1961–69, Roscommon–Leitrim 1973–77, Senator 1969–73, 1977–87
        • Patrick J.'s son Gerry Reynolds (born 1961): FG TD Sligo–Leitrim 1989–92 and 1997–2002, Senator 1987–89 and 1993–97
  • Eamon Rice (1873–1937): FF TD Monaghan 1932–37
    • his wife Bridget Rice (1885–1967): FF TD Monaghan 1938–54
  • John N. Ross (1920–2011): Ind Senator 1961–65
    • his son Shane Ross (born 1949): Ind Senator 1981–2011, Ind TD Dublin South 2011–
  • James Ryan (1891–1970): SF TD 1918–22, Republican TD 1923–26, FF TD 1926–65
    • his son Eoin Ryan Snr (1920–2001): FF Senator 1957–87
      • his grandson Eoin Ryan Jnr (born 1953): FF Senator, TD Dublin South-East 1992–2007, MEP Dublin 2004–09
    • his brother-in-law Seán T. O'Kelly (1882–1966): SF/Republican TD 1918–32, President 1945–59
    • his brother-in-law Richard Mulcahy (1886–1971): SF/CnaG/FG TD and Senator 1918–61
    • his brother-in-law Denis McCullough (1883–1968): CnaG TD 1924–27
  • Patrick Ryan (1898–1944): Republican TD Tipperary 1923–27
    • his brother Martin Ryan (1900–1943): FF TD Tipperary 1933–43
    • Martin's wife Mary Ryan (1898–1981): FF TD Tipperary 1944–61
  • Seán Ryan (born 1943): Lab TD Dublin North 1989–97, 1998–2007
    • his brother Brendan Ryan (born 1953): Lab Senator 2007–11, TD Dublin North 2011–

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U

  • Pat Upton (1944–1999): Lab Senator 1989–92, Lab TD Dublin South-Central 1992–99
    • his sister Mary Upton (born 1946): Lab TD Dublin South-Central 1999–2011

W

  • John Wilson (1923–2007): FF TD Cavan 1973–77, Cavan–Monaghan 1977–92

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See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ For evidence of family connection, see speech by Paudge Brennan in the Dáil Éireann debates, Volume 246, 8 May 1970, on the Nomination of Members of Government
  2. ^ "Devins salutes Liam Mellowes as a 'great champion of Irish freedom'". The Irish Times. 15 December 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Ms. Áine Brady". Oireachtas Members database. Retrieved 4 January 2008. 
  4. ^ Patrick and Tim O'Malley are first cousins once removed of Donogh O'Malley listed above them, and thus second cousins of Desmond; see The Round House O'Malleys: The Power of One Woman by Grace Cantillon, a second cousin of Patrick, Tim and Desmond (Lettertec, 2014).
  5. ^ McNamara, Maedhbh; Mooney, Paschal (2000). Women in Parliament, Ireland 1918–2000. Dublin: Wolfhound Press. p. 186. ISBN 0-86327-759-4. 

Sources

  • ElectionsIreland.org
  • Oireachtas members database
  • Fallon, Johnny (2011). Dynasties: Irish Political Families. New Island. p. 256. ISBN 978-1-84840-127-3. 
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