Micheal Martin gives three of the Taoiseach’s nominations to independent Senators 

When it comes to the Seanad the constitution gives the Taoiseach 11 nominations to overcome any shortfall from a majority. But RTE has just learned live on air that as part of his deal with Fianna Fáil Micheal Martin got to name three of them.
The three are Jane Freeman who is a founder of Pieta House and has sworn her independence, Collette Kelleher is CEO ofAlzheimer’s Ireland and Pádraig Ó’Céidigh who is a businessman.

That is they are specialists in mental health, business and Alzheimer’s. Chosen, according to one party insider, because these are three areas that need a national focus. None are party members. 


  • Declan Doyle

    Saint Martin appoints two angels to the Senate while Enda appoints his failed buddies. You have to hand it to Martin, he brings a level if expertise to cutehoorism never before witnessed.

  • chrisjones2

    Faites vos Jeux Mes Hommes

  • Megatron

    If you are seriously looking a business expert and there are no party considerations, the only man who would choose o’ceidigh is himself.