Grace O’Sullivan MEP was the first Green Party Senator elected in a Seanad general election and was Party spokesperson on the marine and tourism. Grace is best known for her high profile environmental campaigning during 20 years with Greenpeace. She is a former Irish surfing champion and has worked as an entrepreneur and ecologist.
Having been with the Civil Engagement Group since May 2016, in May 2019, Grace was elected to the European Parliament representing Ireland South and left the Seanad. In the by-election subsequent to her election to the European Parliament, Senator Pippa Hackett was elected to fill the seat.
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Colette Kelleher was nominated by Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and served in the Seanad from 2016 to 2020. She has been working for the past three decades to advance the rights and supports for children and young people, people who are homeless, people with disabilities and dementia in Ireland and the UK. She held Chief Executive roles at Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Cope Foundation, Cork Simon Community and Daycare Trust.
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John Dolan served on the Administrative Panel in the Seanad from 2016 to 2020. He has been CEO of Disability Federation Ireland (DFI) since 2000. His main role and absolute priority in the Seanad was to represent the 600,000 citizens with disabilities and their families all around the country.
John is originally from Tipperary and has polio since childhood. He now lives with his family in Dublin.
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Senator Pippa Hackett was elected to the Seanad in the by-election to fill the seat on the Agricultural Panel previously held by Grace O’Sullivan MEP in 2019 and was re-elected in 2020. Pippa holds a PhD in Agriculture from the University of Limerick and lives on a mixed organic farm (suckler cows, sheep, hens and horses) with her husband Mark and four young children, near Geashill in Co Offaly, close to the Laois border.
In June she was appointed Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity at the Department of Agriculture, the first member of Seanad Éireann ever appointed a Super Junior Minister.