Dáil in the family - political dynasties

Thursday 10 March 2016 14.57
Danny and Michael Healy-Rae will both be representing Kerry
Danny and Michael Healy-Rae will both be representing Kerry

Many TDs in the 32nd Dáil will be keeping a family tradition alive, with two dozen members of the House following in the footsteps of older relatives.

Bobby Aylward, who retained the seat he won in the by-election in Carlow-Kilkenny last May, had an elder brother in Dáil, and their father served in the Seanad. Liam Aylward was a TD for 30 years, from 1977 to 2007, while Bob Aylward was a senator for four years in the '70s.

Wexford TD James Browne follows in the footsteps of his father John, who was a TD from 1982, standing down ahead of this election. John is a nephew of Seán Browne, who was a TD in the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s.

Dara Calleary is a third generation TD, with his father Seán and grandfather Phelim also representing Mayo.

Joe Carey's father was a TD for Clare from 1982 until 2002.

Niall Collins follows in the footsteps of two of his uncles, Gerry and Michael J Collins, and his grandfather James Collins, all of whom served as TDs.

Simon Coveney was first elected in a by-election to replace his father, who died in office in 1998, having represented Fine Gael in the 22nd, 24th, 27th and 28th Dáils.

Barry Cowen is a brother of former taoiseach Brian Cowen, who was a TD for 27 years. Brian was elected in a by-election in 1984, brought about by the death of their father Bernard, who had been a TD for Laois-Offaly since 1969.

Michael Creed's father was a TD from 1965 until 1980, and an MEP for four years in the '70s.

Éamon Ó Cuív is a grandson of Éamon de Valera. De Valera's son Vivion and granddaughter Síle both served as TDs too.

John Deasy's father Austin was a TD for Waterford from 1977 until 2002, when he was succeeded by his son.

Charlie Flanagan was first elected to the Dáil in 1987, when his father Oliver decided not to contest the election on health grounds. Flanagan snr spent 43 years in the Dáil.

Enda Kenny was first elected in a by-election after his father Henry died in 1975. Kenny snr had represented Fine Gael in the Dáil for 21 years.

Seán Haughey is a son of former taoiseach Charles Haughey.

The Healy-Rae brothers Michael and Danny took two seats in Kerry, following in the footsteps of their late father Jackie.

Tony McLoughlin's uncle Joseph was a TD in Sligo-Leitrim for eight years.

Marc MacSharry's father Ray served as a minister or many years, and was tánaiste for a brief period under Charles Haughey.

Helen McEntee retained the seat she won in the by-election to replace her father Shane, who died in late 2012.

Aindrias Moynihan's father Donal was a TD for Fianna Fáil from 1982-89 and 1992-2007.

Denis Naughten, formerly of Fine Gael, followed his father Liam, who also represented Roscommon in both the Dáil and the Seanad.

Tom Neville's father Dan Neville also represented Limerick as a TD.

Kevin O'Keeffe is a son of former minister of State Ned O'Keeffe.

Labour's Brendan Ryan's brother Seán previously held a seat in Dublin North, while party colleague Seán Sherlock followed his father Joe into the Dáil in 2007.