Charles McDonald (Irish politician)


Charles McDonald (Irish politician)

Charles "Charlie" McDonald (born 16 September 1935)[1] is a former Fine Gael politician from County Laois in Ireland. He was a senator from 1961 to 1973 and from 1977 to 1992 (serving as Cathaoirleach (speaker) of Seanad Éireann from 1981 to 1982), a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1973 to 1977, and a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1973 to 1979.

A farmer before entering politics,[1] he was elected in 1961 to the 10th Seanad on the Agricultural Panel, and held his Seanad seat until the 1973 general election, when he was elected to the 20th Dáil for the Laois–Offaly constituency (which he had contested unsuccessfully in 1969). He lost his seat in Dáil Éireann at 1977 general election, and although he stood in the next four general elections, he never returned to the Dáil.[2]

However, after his 1977 defeat, he was elected to the 14th Seanad Éireann (again on the Agricultural Panel), and remained in the Seanad until his defeat at the 1993 election, serving as Cathaoirleach (speaker) of the 15th Seanad (1981–1982) and as Leas Cathaoirleach (deputy speaker) in the 16th and 18th Seanads. He stood again in the 1997 election to the 21st Seanad, this time on the Administrative Panel, but was not elected.[1][2]

McDonald was an appointed as a Member of the European Parliament in 1973, one Ireland's first delegation of MEPs, who at that time MEPs were appointed as a delegation from by national parliaments. He was re-appointed to the second and third delegations, but at the first direct election in 1979, he did not win a seat when he stood in the Leinster constituency. He did not contest the 1984 election, and was unsuccessful again in the 1989 European election.

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
Séamus Dolan
Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann
1981–1982
Succeeded by
Tras Honan



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