KERRY senator Mark Daly has been elected to the prestigious post of Cathaoirleach of the Seanad.
The Kenmare politician won the Fianna Fáil vote which earned him a nomination for the top post in the Upper House.
He defeated outgoing cathaoirleach Denis O’Donovan and Senator Diarmuid Wilson in the internal FF contest and he went on to win a vote for the chair – which has a salary of €114,000 – on a 46-6 majority.
He was elected at the Dublin Convention Centre after securing support from Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party.
Senator Daly, who is single, topped the poll the Administration panel in emphatic fashion in the April election.
He previously worked in the family’s auctioneering business and he was a member of former MEP Brian Crowley’s election strategy committee which saw the Corkman elected to the European Parliament in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009.
It’s the second major political post announced for Kerry in recent days with Fianna Fáil TD, Norma Foley, named Minister for Education in the Micheál Martin led cabinet while outgoing Minister for State for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin (FG) is hoping to receive a telephone call later this evening regarding a possible post in the junior ministerial ranks.
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