Tuesday 19 September 2017

Singer Frances Black elected to the Seanad

Frances Black
Frances Black

Barry Lennon

Singer Frances Black has been elected to the Seanad.

Black, who is founder of addiction charity the RISE foundation, is entering political office via the Industrial and Commercial Vocational panel, benefiting from transfers from Sinn Féin’s Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, who comfortably topped the poll.

Former Tánaiste Michael McDowell will make his return to politics after he was successful via the National University of Ireland (NUI) panel.

Rónán Mullen will join Mr McDowell in the 25th Seanad after he was successfully re-elected.

Alice Mary Higgins, daughter of President Michael D Higgins, won the third and final seat on the NUI panel.

Student union president Lynn Ruane won the final seat on the Trinity College Dublin panel tonight. David Norris and Ivana Bacik earlier took the first and second seats.

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