Paschal Canice Mooney
(born 14 October 1947) is an Irish Fianna Fáil
politician and a member of Seanad Éireann
. A journalist and broadcaster, he was first elected to the Seanad in 1987, on the Cultural and Educational Panel
. He retained his seat at each subsequent election until losing it at the 2007 election to the 23rd Seanad
. He was re-elected to Seanad Éireann on the Agricultural Panel
in a Seanad by-election on 19 January 2010.
Early and personal life
Born in Drumshanbo
, County Leitrim
, he is married to Sheila Baldrey and has five children (2 daughters and 3 sons). His father Joe Mooney
was a member of the Seanad (1961–65) and Leitrim County Council
(1943–88) while his mother Eva Mooney also served as a member of Leitrim County Council (1988–91). Paschal Mooney is the third generation of his family to contribute to public service locally and nationally as his grandfather Andrew Mooney served as a member of Leitrim County Council from 1920–1943.
Mooney has also enjoyed a broadcasting career with RTÉ
, Ireland's national broadcaster. A presenter of a variety of Irish traditional and country music and Sports programmes, he has also devised, scripted and presented numerous music documentaries on Irish and American country music stars. In September 2007, he was the recipient of the UK based Irish Post Newspaper Readers Award for 'Services to the Irish Community in Britain' and as... Read More