Seán Treacy (politician)

Seán Daniel Treacy (22 September 1923 – 23 March 2018) was an Irish Labour Party politician who served as Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann from 1973 to 1977 and 1987 to 1997. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Tipperary South constituency from 1961 to 1997. He also served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Munster constituency from 1981 to 1984.[1][2][3][4]

Seán Treacy
Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann
In office
10 March 1987  26 June 1997
DeputyJim Tunney
Joe Jacob
Preceded byTom Fitzpatrick
Succeeded bySéamus Pattison
In office
14 March 1973  5 July 1977
DeputyDenis Jones
Preceded byCormac Breslin
Succeeded byJoseph Brennan
Teachta Dála
In office
October 1961  June 1997
ConstituencyTipperary South
Member of the European Parliament
In office
20 June 1981  12 May 1984
Personal details
Seán Daniel Treacy

(1923-09-22)22 September 1923
Clonmel, Ireland
Died23 March 2018(2018-03-23) (aged 94)
Waterford, Ireland
Political partyLabour Party
Spouse(s)Catherine Treacy
(m. 1951; d. 2004)

Political career

Author RM Douglas says that Treacy was a party member of fringe Fascist group Ailtirí na hAiséirghe during the 1940s,[5] however, by the 1960s Treacy had moved to the ideological left, albeit he was still considered to be socially conservative.[2] Treacy was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1961 general election, as a Labour Party TD for the Tipperary South constituency. He was re-elected there in seven subsequent elections, and returned automatically in three more owing to his having been elected by the Dáil as Ceann Comhairle. He was elected to that office firstly after the 1973 general election for one term, then after the 1987 general election for three.[4]

He was expelled from the Labour Party in 1985 for voting against the family planning bill, which would have liberalised the sale of contraception in the Republic of Ireland, but was elected as an independent TD at the general election that year.[6]

He was a member of the Irish Presidential Commission during the presidential vacancies of 1974 and 1976. He served as an MEP from 1981 to 1984, replacing Eileen Desmond who resigned as an MEP when she was appointed Minister for Health and Social Welfare. Treacy retired from politics at the 1997 general election.[7]

He died in Waterford on 23 March 2018, at the age of 94.[8] His funeral, which was attended by President Michael D. Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and former Minister Martin Mansergh, was held on 26 March 2018.[9]


  1. Profile of Seán Treacy
  2. "Former ceann comhairle Seán Treacy dies aged 93". The Irish Times. 24 March 2018.
  3. "Seán TREACY | History of parliamentary service | MEPs | European Parliament". Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  4. "Seán Treacy". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 18 March 2009.
  5. Douglas, R. M. (2009). Architects of the Resurrection: Ailtirí na hAiséirghe and the Fascist 'New Order' in Ireland. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0-7190-7998-5. p. 250
  6. Kane, Conor (27 March 2018). "Former ceann comhairle Treacy (93) mourned as 'a great loss to Ireland'". Irish Independent. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  7. "Seán Treacy". Retrieved 18 March 2009.
  8. Hosford, Paul (24 March 2018). "Former Ceann Comhairle Sean Treacy dies aged 94".
  9. "Ireland has suffered 'great loss', funeral of Seán Treacy told". The Irish Times. 26 March 2018.