Members of the 1928 Seanad

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This is a list of the members of the 1928 Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Oireachtas (legislature) of the Irish Free State. These Senators were elected or appointed in 1922 and elected at the 1925 and 1928 Seanad elections.

Composition of the 1928 Seanad[edit]

The Free State Seanad was elected in stages and thus considered to be in permanent session. However, as a gesture of continuity with its Free State predecessor, the first Seanad elected after 1937 is numbered as the "Second Seanad". The Free State Senate, despite the occurrence of five senatorial elections before its abolition, is considered to have been a single 'Seanad' for the duration of its existence and is thus referred for that whole period as the "First Seanad".

There were a total of 60 seats in the Free State Seanad. In 1928, 17 Senators were elected. The previous Seanad election in 1925 was a popular election. However, at the 1928 and subsequent Free State Seanad elections, the franchise was restricted to Oireachtas members.

19 Senators had been elected at the 1925 Seanad election. In 1922, 30 Senators had been elected by Dáil Éireann, and 30 had been nominated by the President of the Executive Council, W. T. Cosgrave.[1]

The following table shows the composition by party when the 1928 Seanad first met on 6 December 1928.

Party Seats
Cumann na nGaedheal 19
Fianna Fáil 8
Labour Party 6
Independent 27
Total 60

List of senators[edit]

  • Note: The entries for Senators who were elected or appointed to fill vacancies are shown in italics
Name   Party Entered Office Term Notes
William Barrington   Independent Elected in 1922 9 years  
Eileen Costello   Independent Elected in 1922 9 years  
James G. Douglas   Independent Elected in 1922 9 years  
Michael Duffy   Labour Party Elected in 1922 9 years  
Thomas Farren   Labour Party Elected in 1922 9 years  
Alice Stopford Green   Independent Elected in 1922 9 years Died on 28 May 1929[2]
Sir John Griffith   Independent Elected in 1922 9 years  
Patrick W. Kenny   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1922 9 years Died on 22 April 1931[3]
James J. MacKean   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1922 9 years  
John MacLoughlin   Independent Elected in 1922 9 years  
William Molloy   Independent Elected in 1922 9 years  
Maurice George Moore   Fianna Fáil Elected in 1922 9 years Joined Fianna Fáil after their entry into the Seanad in 1928[4]
Brian O'Rourke   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1922 9 years  
William O'Sullivan   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1922 9 years  
Countess of Desart   Independent Nominated in 1922 12 years  
James Charles Dowdall   Fianna Fáil Nominated in 1922 12 years Joined Fianna Fáil after their entry into the Seanad in 1928[5]
Sir Thomas Esmonde   Independent Nominated in 1922 12 years  
Earl of Granard   Independent Nominated in 1922 12 years  
Henry Guinness   Independent Nominated in 1922 12 years  
Sir John Keane   Independent Nominated in 1922 12 years  
James Moran   Independent Nominated in 1922 12 years  
Marquess of Lansdowne   Independent Nominated in 1922 12 years Resigned on 5 June 1929[6]
Jennie Wyse Power   Independent Nominated in 1922 12 years  
John Counihan   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1925 6 years  
Thomas Westropp Bennett   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1925 9 years Cathaoirleach
Sir Edward Coey Bigger   Independent Elected in 1925 9 years  
Francis McGuinness   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1925 9 years  
Henry Barniville   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1925 12 years  
Sir Edward Bellingham   Independent Elected in 1925 12 years  
William Cummins   Labour Party Elected in 1925 12 years  
James Dillon   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1925 12 years  
Michael Fanning   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1925 12 years  
Thomas Foran   Labour Party Elected in 1925 12 years  
Sir William Bernard Hickie   Independent Elected in 1925 12 years  
Cornelius Kennedy   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1925 12 years  
Thomas Linehan   Independent Elected in 1925 12 years  
Joseph O'Connor   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1925 12 years  
J. T. O'Farrell   Labour Party Elected in 1925 12 years  
Michael F. O'Hanlon   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1925 12 years  
James Parkinson   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1925 12 years  
Thomas Toal   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1925 12 years  
Samuel Lombard Brown   Independent Elected in 1926 12 years Elected to Seanad at a by-election on 10 February 1926,
replacing the Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Ear[7]
Patrick Hooper   Independent Elected in 1927 Until 1934 election Elected to Seanad at a by-election on 23 March 1927, replacing Martin Fitzgerald[8]
Died on 6 September 1931[8]
Michael Comyn   Fianna Fáil Elected in 1928 3 years  
Seán MacEllin   Fianna Fáil Elected in 1928 3 years  
Ross McGillycuddy   Independent Elected in 1928 3 years  
Sir Walter Nugent   Independent Elected in 1928 3 years  
John Philip Bagwell   Independent Elected in 1928 6 years  
Alfie Byrne   Independent Elected in 1928 6 years  
Oliver St. John Gogarty   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1928 6 years  
Andrew Jameson   Independent Elected in 1928 6 years  
Thomas Johnson   Labour Party Elected in 1928 6 years  
Sir Bryan Mahon   Independent Elected in 1928 6 years Died on 24 September 1930[9]
Richard Wilson   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1928 6 years  
Kathleen Clarke   Fianna Fáil Elected in 1928 9 years  
Joseph Connolly   Fianna Fáil Elected in 1928 9 years  
Seán Milroy   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1928 9 years  
Joseph O'Doherty   Fianna Fáil Elected in 1928 9 years  
Séamus Robinson   Fianna Fáil Elected in 1928 9 years  
William Sears   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1928 9 years Died on 23 March 1929[10]
Sir Nugent Everard   Independent Elected in 1929 9 years Elected to Seanad at a by-election on 10 April 1929, replacing William Sears[11]
Died on 12 July 1929[11]
Kathleen Browne   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1929 Until 1931 election Elected to Seanad at a by-election on 20 June 1929, replacing Alice Stopford Green[12]
Laurence O'Neill   Independent Elected in 1929 Until 1931 election Elected to Seanad at a by-election on 20 June 1929, replacing the Marquess of Lansdowne[13]
Richard A. Butler   Independent Elected in 1929 Until 1931 election Elected to Seanad at a by-election on 23 October 1929, replacing Sir Nugent Everard[14]
Michael Staines   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1930 Until 1931 election Elected to Seanad at a by-election on 12 December 1930, replacing Sir Bryan Mahon[15]
Arthur Vincent   Independent Elected in 1931 Until 1931 election Elected to Seanad at a by-election on 28 May 1931, replacing Patrick W. Kenny[16]
George Crosbie   Cumann na nGaedheal Elected in 1931 Until 1931 election Elected to Seanad at a by-election on 5 November 1931, replacing Patrick Hooper[17]

Changes[edit]

Date Gain Loss Note
6 December 1928   Cumann na nGaedheal Thomas Westropp Bennett elected as Cathaoirleach
23 March 1929   Cumann na nGaedheal Death of William Sears[10]
10 April 1929 Independent   Sir Nugent Everard elected at a by-election to replace William Sears[11]
28 May 1929   Independent Death of Alice Stopford Green[2]
5 June 1929   Independent Resignation of Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 6th Marquess of Lansdowne[6]
20 June 1929 Cumann na nGaedheal   Kathleen Browne elected at a by-election to replace Alice Stopford Green[12]
20 June 1929 Independent   Laurence O'Neill elected at a by-election to replace the Marquess of Lansdowne[13]
12 July 1929   Independent Death of Sir Nugent Everard[11]
23 October 1929 Independent   Richard A. Butler elected at a by-election to replace Sir Nugent Everard[14]
24 September 1930   Independent Death of Sir Bryan Mahon[9]
12 December 1930 Cumann na nGaedheal   Michael Staines elected at a by-election to replace Sir Bryan Mahon[15]
22 April 1931   Independent Death of Patrick W. Kenny[3]
28 May 1931 Independent   Arthur Vincent elected at a by-election to replace Patrick W. Kenny[16]
6 September 1931   Independent Death of Patrick Hooper[8]
5 November 1931 Cumann na nGaedheal   George Crosbie elected at a by-election to replace Patrick Hooper[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "President's nominees for Seanad". Houses of the Oireachtas. 6 December 1922. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Mrs. Alice Stopford Green". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Mr. Patrick W. Kenny". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  4. ^ O'Sullivan, Donal (1940). "The Irish Free State and Its Senate: A Study in Contemporary Politics". Faber and Faber, London, p. 267.
  5. ^ Gaughan, J. Anthony (editor) (1996). "Memoirs of Joseph Connolly a Founder of Modern Ireland." Irish Academic Press, Dublin, p.273.
  6. ^ a b "Mr. Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Mr. Samuel Lombard Brown". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c "Mr. Patrick Hooper". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "Sir Bryan Mahon". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Mr. William Sears". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 21 November 2009. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Sir Nugent Talbot Everard, Bart". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  12. ^ a b "Miss Kathleen Browne". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  13. ^ a b "Mr. Laurence O'Neill". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "Mr. Richard A. Butler". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  15. ^ a b "Mr. Michael Staines". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  16. ^ a b "Mr. Arthur Vincent". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  17. ^ a b "Mr. George Crosbie". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 

External links[edit]

  • "1928 Seanad". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 19 November 2009.