Cathaoirleach is the title of the chair of Seanad Éireann, the sixty-member upper house of the Oireachtas, the legislature of Ireland. The current Cathaoirleach is Fianna Fáil Senator Denis ODonovan, since 8 June 2016, the Cathaoirleach is the sole judge of order and has a range of powers and functions namely, Calls on members to speak and all speeches must be addressed to the Chair. Puts such questions to the House as are required, supervises Divisions, has authority to suppress disorder, to enforce prompt obedience to Rulings and may order members to withdraw from the House or name them for suspension by the House itself for a period. In the case of disorder can suspend or adjourn the House. The Cathaoirleach is a member of the Presidential Commission. This list includes the panel and political affiliation of each Cathaoirleach as well as the number of their Seanad Éireann, the Cathaoirleachs deputy is the Leas-Chathaoirleach. The current Leas-Cathaoirleach is Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan, since 15 June 2016, the term Cathaoirleach is used in a generic sense for chairs of various organisations and local authorities.
Many voluntary organisations and clubs employ this term, for county boards. Ceann Comhairle Politics of the Republic of Ireland History of the Republic of Ireland Seanad Éireann Leader of the Seanad Official website
Eamon Scanlon is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and Teachta Dála for the Sligo–Leitrim constituency, upon being elected at the 2016 general election. He had peviously served as a Teachta Dála for the Sligo–North Leitrim constituency from 2007 to 2011, Scanlon is a native of Ballymote, County Sligo. He is married to Ann Scanlon and they have six children and he is a butcher by trade and business owner since 1975. Subsequently, he opened a business called Eamon Scanlon & Sons Auctioneers, Valuers and he is a member of the Governing Body of Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the Ballymote Community Enterprise Board. He spent seven years on the National Executive of Fianna Fáil and was the Director of Elections for Matt Brennan and he was a member of Sligo County Council from 1991 to 2003, representing the Ballymote electoral area. He was elected to the 22nd Seanad Éireann by the Agricultural Panel in 2002 and he was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2007 general election for Sligo–North Leitrim.
On 5 August 2009, he resigned the party whip over his opposition to cuts in breast cancer services at Sligo General Hospital and he rejoined the parliamentary party on 13 January 2011. He lost his seat at the 2011 general election and his first preference vote had declined from 23. 2% in 2007 to 11. 4%. He was a candidate at 2011 Seanad election. He was elected to Sligo County Council for the Ballymote-Tubbercurry area at the 2014 local elections and he regained his Dáil seat for Fianna Fáil at the 2016 general election
Joanna Tuffy is an Irish Labour Party politician. She was elected as a Teachta Dála for the Dublin Mid-West constituency in 2007, Tuffy was re-elected in 2011, but lost her seat at the 2016 general election. Born in England in 1965, Tuffy was educated at Trinity College and she was elected to South Dublin County Council for the Lucan area in 1999 and served until 2003. At the 2002 general election she stood for election to Dáil Éireann for Dublin Mid-West. She was subsequently elected to the 22nd Seanad Éireann by the Administrative Panel and she was elected to Dáil Éireann for the first time at the 2007 general election. Her father is Eamon Tuffy, a Labour Party councillor for Lucan and she, along with TD Tommy Broughan, opposed Labour going into coalition with Fine Gael in the aftermath of the 2011 general election. In September 2013, Tuffy publicly disagreed with the official Labour Party position supporting the abolition of the Seanad during the referendum campaign and she argued that it had played a key role in the past and could do so in the future.
Tuffy lost her seat at the 2016 general election, joanna Tuffys page on the Labour Party website
Brian Hayes (politician)
Brian John Hayes is an Irish Fine Gael politician and Member of the European Parliament for Dublin since May 2014. He is a former Teachta Dála for the Dublin South-West constituency and he was educated at Garbally College, County Galway, St Patricks College, from which he received a degree in history and sociology in 1991, and Trinity College, Dublin. Formerly a secondary teacher, he was a member of South Dublin County Council between 1995 and 2003. He subsequently joined Fine Gael for similar reasons, this time inspired by the anti-Sinn Féin stance of that partys leader, John Bruton. In December 1995, he was nominated by the Taoiseach, John Bruton, to the 20th Seanad Éireann, Hayes was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1997 general election for the Dublin South-West constituency. He was appointed Fine Gael spokesperson on Housing, House Prices, in a reshuffle of the Fine Gael front bench in June 2000, Hayes was promoted as spokesperson on Northern Ireland. Between 2001 and 2002 he served as Fine Gaels spokesperson on Social, Hayes lost his seat at the 2002 general election but was elected to Seanad Éireann, where he served as Fine Gael Seanad leader and spokesperson on Defence and Northern Ireland.
At the 2007 general election he was re-elected to the Dáil on the first count in the Dublin South-West constituency and he was party spokesperson for Education and Science from 2007 to 2010. On 19 August 2008, Hayes used a report in the Irish Independent to say that immigrant children should be segregated until their English language skills match those of native children, hayess comments generated considerable debate in the days that followed. The Irish National Teachers Organisation described the idea put forward by Hayes as discriminatory, inequitable and he said sorry and spoke of his regret but insisted this should not take away from the substance of what I said. In June 2010, he supported Richard Brutons leadership challenge to Enda Kenny, following Kennys victory in a motion of confidence, Hayes was not re-appointed to the front bench. In October 2010, he was appointed as party Deputy spokesperson on Finance with special responsibility for Public Expenditure. In March 2011, Brian Hayes was appointed by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny as Minister of State at the Department of Finance with responsibility for Public Service Reform, after sudden floods killed two people in October 2011, he claimed the response of local authorities was not adequate.
He was elected as the Fine Gael candidate for the Dublin constituency at the 2014 European Parliament election, official website Brian Hayes page on the Fine Gael website Brian Hayes page on the VoteWatch website European Parliament profile
Martin G. S. Mansergh is an Irish former Fianna Fáil politician and historian. He was a Teachta Dála for the Tipperary South constituency from 2007 until 2011 and he was previously a Senator from 2002 to 2007. He played a role in formulating Fianna Fáil policy on Northern Ireland. Mansergh was born on 31 December 1946 in Woking, England to Diana Mary and Professor Nicholas Mansergh OBE and he was raised in England and lived in the Cambridgeshire town of Little Shelford. An Anglican, Mansergh is a member of the Church of Ireland and he entered the Department of Foreign Affairs, being appointed a Third secretary in 1974 and became a First Secretary in 1977. Mansergh was a key member of the teams which formed the Fianna Fáil–Labour Party coalition in 1992, as a senior adviser to successive Taoisigh, Mansergh has played a key role in the Northern Ireland peace process over the last twenty years. He ran for Fianna Fáil as a Dáil candidate in the Tipperary South constituency at the 2002 general election, Mansergh was elected to the 22nd Seanad by the Agricultural Panel in July of that year.
At the 2007 general election he ran for Fianna Fáil as a Dáil candidate in the Tipperary South constituency. He was formerly a member of the Irish Council of State, until 2006 he wrote a weekly column for The Irish Times, but resigned because of the upcoming general election. In January 2009, he offered to quit his junior ministry post to save money and called on people to retain their Celtic Tiger style optimism and he said, Were not going to get anywhere by completely throwing overboard our self respect. We have achieved an amount in the past 20 years – they were the best 20 years in our history. There will be cycles – we rose very high and we are where we are now and we have to work our way out of this intelligently. He lost his seat at the 2011 general election, Mansergh has been a strong supporter of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, whose financial affairs are under investigation by the Mahon Tribunal. He has been accused by commentators of being insulting, condescending. On an RTÉ radio show Morning Ireland in February 2008, Mansergh reassured listeners that Aherns difficulties were no more than a spot of inflight turbulence, with a safe landing in sight.
Along with Fr Alec Reid and the Reverend Roy Magee, he was awarded the 1995 Tipperary International Peace Award, now described as Irelands outstanding award for humanitarian work
Joe McHugh is an Irish Fine Gael politician and a Teachta Dála for the Donegal constituency. He previously served as a TD for the Donegal North-East constituency between 2007 and 2016, and as a senator in Seanad Éireann between 2002 and 2007, born in Carrigart, County Donegal, McHugh was educated at Umlagh National School and the Loreto Convent, Milford. He attended the National University of Ireland, where he received a degree in economics and sociology. A keen sportsman, McHugh has been a member of the Carrigart Boxing Club, has played soccer in the Donegal League with Cranford F. C. McHugh taught geography and mathematics at the Loreto Convent Secondary School, Letterkenny from 1993 to 1995. From 1995–96 he taught A-level economics in Dubai, during which time he helped establish the first GAA club in the United Arab Emirates, in 1996, he returned to Ireland and became a youth worker in the Ballyboe area of Letterkenny. Selected by Fine Gael to run for a Donegal County Council seat in the Milford Electoral area, McHugh was elected on 11 June 1999.
In 2001, he introduced a motion to establish a council for the county, which led to the formation of the Donegal Youth Council. He worked closely with Young Fine Gael, helping to establish the first branch in the county in March 2004, while a member of the council, he was appointed chairman of the cross-border body ERNACT, where he made the provision of broadband in border areas a priority. He was elected to Seanad Éireann by the Administrative Panel in 2002, McHugh set up a full-time constituency office in Letterkenny. When Fine Gael chose him as its Donegal North-East candidate for the Dáil, he moved into a new constituency office, which was officially opened by Fine Gael party leader Enda Kenny on 6 October 2006. After a surprise poll-topping victory in Donegal North-East, where he captured 22.6 percent of the first preference vote and his wife Olwyn Enright won re-election to the Dáil, making them the third married couple to be elected to sit in the same Dáil. McHugh was appointed party deputy spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and the Department of the Taoiseach with special responsibility for North-South Co-operation in October 2007, McHugh was re-elected to the Dáil at the 2011 general election, attaining 19. 3% of the first-preference vote.
In Manchester in October 2011, McHugh became the first Fine Gael TD to address delegates from the British Conservative Party and he described it as an opportunity. RTÉ Radio 1 created the radio documentary Fine Gaeilgeoir and produced by Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh, following McHughs efforts to improve his Irish over the course of a year. The appointment of a speaker to a Gaeltacht ministry has since become known as a Joe McHugh moment. In February 2016, McHugh was heavily criticised for allocating 93% of Gaeltacht grants to the Donegal Gaeltacht and this revelation led to calls for McHugh to appear before the Public Accounts Committee of Dáil Éireann, in order to explain such a disproportionate allocation of funding. At the 2016 general election, after a redrawing of constituency boundaries, the following May, he escorted Charles Mountbatten-Windsor and Camilla Parker Bowles around Donegal during their day visit to the county. In July 2005, McHugh married Olwyn Enright, who served as a Fine Gael TD for Laois–Offaly from 2002 to 2011, families in the Oireachtas Official website Joe McHughs page on the Fine Gael website
Patrick Bartholomew Bertie Ahern is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Taoiseach of Ireland from 26 June 1997 to 7 May 2008. Ahern served as a Teachta Dála from 1977 to 2011, representing Dublin Finglas from 1977 to 1981, before he became Taoiseach, he served in the governments of Charles Haughey and Albert Reynolds as Minister for Labour and Minister for Finance. He served briefly as Tánaiste after the break-up of Albert Reynolds coalition government, in 1994, Ahern was elected sixth leader of Fianna Fáil. Under Aherns leadership Fianna Fáil led three coalition governments, after Éamon de Valera, Bertie Aherns term as Taoiseach is the longest. Ahern resigned as Taoiseach on 6 May 2008, in the wake of revelations made in Mahon Tribunal, the Mahon Tribunal in 2012 found that Ahern, while not judged corrupt, had received monies from developers and the Tribunal disbelieved his explanations of those payments. Fianna Fáil proposed to expel politicians censured by the tribunal, in November 2016, it was announced that a decision had been made by Fianna Fáil to give Ahern the option of rejoining the party.
Ahern was born in Drumcondra and this is an area within the Dublin Central constituency where he has lived all his life. Ahern is the youngest of five children of Con Ahern and Julia Ahern, Con Ahern and Julia Hourihane were married in October 1937 and settled at Church Avenue, where they resided for the rest of their lives. The other four children are Maurice, Kathleen and Eileen, in Dublin, Aherns father worked as a farm manager at All Hallows College, Drumcondra. Aherns brother Noel is involved in politics and represented Dublin North-West in Dáil Éireann, Bertie Aherns father Con was born into a farming family near Ballyfeard, which is located near Kinsale, County Cork, in 1904. His mother came from a background and was from near Castledonovan. Aherns father, initially left County Cork and went to Dublin in the early 1930s to train for the priesthood and he had fought in the Civil War and was a supporter of Éamon de Valera and the Anti-Treaty IRA. He was a member of the 3rd Cork Brigade of the IRA and he remained a militant Irish Republican for decades after the War of Independence.
Bertie Aherns mother, died in 1998, aged 87 years, Ahern was educated at St. Patricks National School in Drumcondra and at St. Aidans Christian Brothers in Whitehall. He received his third level education at the College of Commerce, the Irish Independent described him as an accounts clerk. Ahern is an enthusiastic and vocal fan of sport and he is a supporter of Dublin GAA and attends Dublin matches in Croke Park. He supports Manchester United F. C. and attends matches at Old Trafford and he appeared as a pundit on RTÉ Twos The Premiership programme in 2001. Ahern first became involved in a Fianna Fáil by-election campaign in 1965, during the campaign, Ahern met his political mentor and future Taoiseach, Charles Haughey
Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation
The Department of Jobs and Innovation is a department of the Government of Ireland. It is led by the Minister for Jobs and Innovation who is assisted by two Ministers of State, a large element of the work of the Department arises from Irelands membership of a number of international organisations, in particular the European Union and the World Trade Organisation. The Department plays an role in the development of EU and WTO policies. The Department is organised into five divisions, in July 2009 the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes proposed merging the Competition Authority and the National Consumer Agency. However, this process remains at an early stage, until 2010, the Department was responsible for FÁS, which had its responsibilities divided up between two bodies in 2013
A dual mandate is the practice in which elected officials serve in more than one elected or other public position simultaneously. This practice is known as double jobbing in Britain. Thus, if someone who is mayor of a town or city councillor becomes elected as MP or senator at the national or state legislature. Dual mandates are sometimes prohibited by law, for example, in federal states, federal office holders are often not permitted to hold state office. In states with bicameral legislatures, one cannot simultaneously be a member of both houses, the holder of one office who wins election to another where a dual mandate is prohibited must either resign the former office or refuse the new one. A member of the European Parliament may not be a member of the legislature of a member state, originally, MEPs were nominated by national parliamentarians from among their own membership. Prior to the first direct elections in 1979, the mandate was discussed. Some advocated banning it, arguing that MEPs who were national MPs were often absent from one assembly in order to attend the other, others claimed that members with a dual mandate enhanced communication between national and European assemblies.
However, a 1976 European Parliament law preparing for the 1979 elections expressly permitted a dual mandate, in 1978 the German politician Willy Brandt suggested that one third of MEPs should be national MPs. Dual mandates are rare in Australia and it is illegal to be a member of any state parliament and the Australian parliament simultaneously. A member of a state parliament seeking federal office must resign before seeking election to the Federal Parliament and it is possible but unusual to be a member of a local government and another parliament. In 2004 Clover Moore became the independent member for Sydney in the NSW Parliament without resigning as Lord Mayor of Sydney, the proposed law was adopted and in September 2012 Moore resigned her NSW seat soon after she was reelected as mayor. As in neighboring France, the culture of dual mandates is very strong in Belgium, during that same period,76. 5% of all European Parliament MPs from Belgium held dual mandates. More than one fifth of all Belgian MPs were mayor at the time with, by far.
In Canada dual mandates are rare and are barred by legislation at the federal, provincial. At the provincial level, the situation varies from one province to another, in other circumstances, an elected official almost always resigns their first post when elected to another. In 1996, for example, Jenny Kwan continued to be a Vancouver city councillor after being elected to the provincial legislature, the British Columbia legislature had debated a Dual Office Prohibition Act which failed to pass second reading. In the first few years after Confederation in 1867, another famous example is that of the de facto leader of the Liberals, George Brown, who ran for both federal and provincial seats in 1867