Know a Backbencher: James Bannon TD for Longford/Westmeath, Fine Gael

James Bannon: Former Fine Gael Senator (Industrial & Commercial Panel) Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht (since 9 Jun 2011) Recent Dáil quote: “Deputy Boyd Barrett wants to take up arms in Galway again.” Has spoken in 64 debates in the last year — average among TDs. Has received answers to 240 … Read more

Know a Backbencher: John Lyons TD for Dublin North West, Labour

John Lyons: Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education (since 9 Jun 2011) Member, Committee on Procedure and Privileges (since 9 Jun 2011) Member, Joint Administration Committee (since 9 Jun 2011) Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education (since 9 Jun 2011) Recent Dáil quote: “our strategy of patient engagement with our EU … Read more

Know a Backbencher: Michael McNamara TD for Clare, Labour

(Beginning a hopefully weekly series profiling the vast number of bums on seats you might never hear of in Dáil Eireann.) Michael McNamara: Member, Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture (since 9 Jun 2011) Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade (since 9 Jun 2011) Recent Dáil quote: ““Your party is underwhelming.” Has spoken … Read more