Timothy O'Donovan

Timothy Joseph O'Donovan (4 April 1881 – 28 June 1957)[1] was a Farmers' Party and Fine Gael politician from County Cork in Ireland. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1923 to 1944, then a senator from 1944 until 1954, serving as Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann from 1948 to 1951.[2]

Timothy O'Donovan
Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann
In office
21 April 1948  14 August 1951
Preceded bySeán Goulding
Succeeded byLiam Ó Buachalla
In office
August 1944  July 1954
ConstituencyAgricultural Panel
Teachta Dála
In office
August 1923  May 1944
ConstituencyCork West
Personal details
Born4 April 1881
County Cork, Ireland
Died28 June 1957
County Cork, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Other political
Farmers' Party
National Centre Party

O'Donovan was elected at the 1923 general election to the 4th Dáil as a Farmers' Party TD for the Cork West constituency.[3] He was re-elected at seven further general elections until his defeat at the 1944 general election to the 12th Dáil, after several changes of party affiliation. After the demise of the Farmers' Party in the 1920s, he was re-elected in 1933 as a National Centre Party TD, and when the National Party merged with Cumann na nGaedheal to form Fine Gael, he joined the new party.

After the loss of his Dáil seat in 1944, he was elected at the subsequent Seanad Éireann election to the 5th Seanad, on the Agricultural Panel. He was re-elected in 1948 to the 6th Seanad, serving as Cathaoirleach (chairperson) of the Seanad from 1948 to 1951. He died in 1957.


  1. Irish Times (29 June 1957), "Obituary, Mr. T. J. Donovan"
  2. "Timothy O'Donovan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 17 February 2008.
  3. "Timothy O'Donovan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 May 2012.

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