John Robb (surgeon)

John D.A. Robb (c. 1933 – 13 February 2018) was a surgeon from Ballymoney in County Antrim, Northern Ireland who served for seven years a member of Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Oireachtas (the legislature of the Republic of Ireland).

John Robb
In office
13 May 1982  1989
ConstituencyNominated by the Taoiseach
Personal details
Bornc. 1933
Ballymoney, Antrim, Northern Ireland
Died(2018-02-13)13 February 2018
Political partyIndependent


A liberal Protestant in the all-Ireland tradition, Robb was educated at Rockport School, Holywood, County Down, and at Merchiston Castle School Edinburgh. Later, he became a Wolfe Tone Society contact in the 1960s, and in the early 1980s he founded the New Ireland Group, which sought to promote a new vision of Ireland which would radically differ both from the Unionist viewpoint and from the Catholic and Gaelic vision which was then perceived to be on offer as an alternative to Unionism.

In 1982, he was nominated by the Taoiseach Charles Haughey to be a member of the 16th Seanad. He was nominated to the 17th Seanad by the Fine Gael Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, and by Haughey to the 18th Seanad. After the 1989 general election he was not nominated to the 19th Seanad.[1]

He died on 13 February 2018.[2]


  1. "Mr. John D.A. Robb". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 4 February 2008.
  2. "Tributes paid to former senator John Robb". The Irish Times. 14 February 2018.

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