Miriam Kearney
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Miriam Kearney
Miriam Kearney

June 1981 - February 1982
ConstituencyNominated members of Seanad Éireann
Personal details
BornJuly 1959 (1959-07) (age 61)
Political partyFine Gael
Alma materUniversity College Cork

Miriam Kearney (born July 1959) is a former Irish Fine Gael politician. She was nominated by the Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald to Seanad Éireann in 1981.[1][2] She held the record as the youngest member of Seanad Éireann, being 22 years old on appointment.

A University College Cork alumna, Kearney was at the time a member of Young Fine Gael and chairperson of its International Affairs Committee.[3]

In 1981 she supported the abolition of jury trials in accident compensation cases.[4] She also voted for the abolition of the death penalty.[5]

She was in charge of the Taoiseach's itinerary and managed his campaign tour during the February 1982 Irish general election.[6]

She stood for the Industrial and Commercial Panel at the February 1982 Seanad election but was not elected.[7][8] She later became Assistant General Secretary of Fine Gael.[9]


  1. ^ "Miriam Kearney". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 2009.
  2. ^ "Miriam Kearney". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ The Irish Times (Thursday, August 20, 1981), front page.
  4. ^ The Irish Times (Monday, September 14, 1981), page 11.
  5. ^ The Irish Times (Friday, November 6, 1981), page 14.
  6. ^ The Irish Times (Tuesday, February 9, 1982), page 5.
  7. ^ The Irish Times (Thursday, March 11, 1982), page 6.
  8. ^ Browne, Vincent (April 6, 1982). "The Magill Guide to Election 82". Magill Publications – via Google Books.
  9. ^ The Irish Times (Thursday, March 24, 1983), page 4.

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