Dr. Maureen Gaffney announces candidacy in Trinity Seanad bye-election





Well known clinical psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Maureen Gaffney has

today announced that she will be a candidate

in the forthcoming University of Dublin Seanad bye-election.




Dr. Maureen Gaffney has today February 11th confirmed her candidacy in the University of Dublin bye-election to take place by postal vote on March 30th 2022. This bye-election will fill a vacancy in the University of Dublin constituency in Seanad Éireann following the election to the Dáil of Ivana Bacik in 2021. The electorate comprises over 60,000 registered graduates of Trinity College Dublin.

Lodging her nomination papers on Thursday afternoon, Dr.Gaffney said: “Trinity has a long and proud history of returning strong Independent non-party senators to Seanad Éireann. In this centenary year of the Seanad, I am seeking election to be an independent and non-party voice of experience, reason, compassion, and reform, in our national parliament, and to continue that reforming tradition.”

Dr. Maureen Gaffney has played prominent roles in Irish public life, having served as:

  • Chairman on the National Economic and Social Council (NESC)
  • Member of the Law Reform Commission
  • Council Member of ESRI
  • Board Member of the HSE.


Dr Gaffney holds her doctorate in psychology from Trinity College where she also served as Trinity’s Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology. She is a leading national commentator and advocate in the field of mental health and well-being.

Maureen Gaffney is a best-selling author and broadcaster on psychology, well-being, and mental health issues.

Commenting on her decision to seek election to the Seanad, she said that “I have been approached in recent weeks by a number of colleagues and friends who have encouraged me to put myself forward for election to the Upper House.  Now more than ever, we need legislators – and especially women legislators - who have a breadth of experience in public service and who will put people first.”

She continued “I am not standing in the interests of any political party and will not be joining any party if elected to the Seanad”.

She added: “I look forward to communicating with voters in the weeks ahead about why my knowledge and experience would be an addition to the constitutional functions of the Oireachtas. The past two years has taught us much about lasting effects on humanity and society as we exit the pandemic. I want to bring my proven experience as a psychologist and an expert in transformational change to the legislative process”.

Nominations for the University of Dublin bye-election close at 12 noon on Friday 11th February 2022. Ballot papers will be posted to registered voters on February 25th and must be returned by post by the close of poll at 11am on March 30th 2022.


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Posted: 11 February 2022