John Brennan (Irish senator)

John J. Brennan (1901 – 6 August 1977)[1] was a draper and publican, a Fianna Fáil politician and a member of Seanad Éireann from 1960 to 1977.[2]

John Brennan
Brennan in 1957
In office
9 February 1960  1973
ConstituencyAdministrative Panel
Personal details
Died6 August 1977
Political partyFianna Fáil
Military service
Branch/serviceIrish Republican Army
Battles/warsIrish War of Independence

He was from Clontibret in County Monaghan and was active in the Old IRA during the Irish War of Independence.[2] He was elected to the County Council in 1942.[2] In Castleblayney, he was chair of the urban district council and president of the chamber of commerce.[2] He stood unsuccessfully for Dáil Éireann in Monaghan in the elections of 1948,[2][3] 1954,[2][3] and 1957.[3] He was a friend and early political backer of Erskine H. Childers, Monaghan TD and later President of Ireland.[2]

He was elected to the 9th Seanad on 9 February 1960 at a by-election to the Administrative Panel[1] caused by the death of John O'Leary.[4] He was elected to the 11th (1965) and 13th (1973) Seanad from the Industrial and Commercial Panel,[1] and was nominated by the Taoiseach to the 10th Seanad in 1961 and to the 12th Seanad in 1969.[1]


  1. "John Brennan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
  2. "Senator John Brennan dies aged 76". The Irish Times. 8 August 1977. p. 13. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
  3. "John Brennan". Retrieved 21 June 2009.
  4. "Two vacancies in Senate filled". The Irish Times. 10 February 1960. p. 1. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
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