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  • Former Independent Senator (Nominated by the Taoiseach)
  • Entered the Seanad on 20 May 2011 — appointed
  • Left the Seanad on 24 April 2016 — General election

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Seanad: Order of Business (3 Feb 2016)

“I had not intended to speak but the Cathaoirleach indicated that he wanted me to do so and manners are important in all of our lives. The Senators used beautiful words when referring to our amazing leaders, and the ushers, but "thank you" is what I want to say to everyone. My time here has been the fastest five years of my life. I am a confident person in the food business, and out and...”

Seanad: Order of Business (2 Feb 2016)

“A man who deserves to be honoured, praised and remembered today is the gracious veteran broadcaster Terry Wogan who, as we all know, died after a short battle with cancer.This divine Irishman from Limerick, born with a sunny disposition, stole all our hearts with his beautiful distinctive voice. He had the ability to make emigrants in Britain feel at home during the Troubles. One always...”

Seanad: Order of Business (2 Feb 2016)

“I was asked to a party tomorrow because there is a gentleman here who started in the Seanad in 1993. I wanted to stand to say to him that we have been one of the most fortunate senates in the world to have him as a Senator. He is sitting over there, his name is Senator Feargal Quinn and I will say a few words about him. A brilliant businessman, the king of customer service and an...”

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  • Has spoken in 29 committee discussions and Dáil debates in the last year — below average among Senators.
  • People have made 0 comments on this Senator's speeches — average among Senators.
  • 23 people are tracking whenever this Senator speaks.
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "public-private partnership") 174 times in debates — below average among Senators.
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