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List of famous politicians from Ireland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of popular Irish politicians includes members of the government who are either active or inactive, some of who might even now be dead. These are some of the most well-known Irish politicians of all time, so if you're a native of Ireland and want to work for your country then these are the people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular politician from Ireland, then use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

List is made up of many different politicians, including John A. Costello and Mick Barry.

You can click on the names of these renowned politicians of Ireland in order to get more information about each one.

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Áine Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Áine Brady age 63 Áine Brady is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician. She was a Teachta Dála for the Kildare North constituency from 2007 to 2011, and also served as a Minister of State. ...more

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Alan Abernethy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Alan Abernethy age 60 Alan Francis Abernethy is the current Bishop of Connor. Born on 12 April 1957, educated at Grosvenor High School, Belfast, Queen's University Belfast and Trinity College, Dublin, and ordained in ...more

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Alan Dukes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Alan Dukes age 72 Alan Dukes is an Irish former politician who served as leader of Fine Gael and as Teachta Dála for Kildare and Kildare South. He held several major government positions, and holds the ...more

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Alan Farrell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Alan Farrell age 40 Alan Farrell is an Irish Fine Gael politician and a Teachta Dála for the Dublin North constituency. He was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 general election. He was a ...more

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Alan Kelly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Alan Kelly age 42 Alan Kelly is an Irish Labour Party politician and the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. He is a Teachta Dála for Tipperary North having been elected at the ...more

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Alan Shatter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Alan Shatter age 66 Alan Joseph Shatter is an Irish Fine Gael politician. He is a Teachta Dála for the Dublin South constituency. After 30 years as a parliamentarian without ministerial office he became ...more

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Alasdair McDonnell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Alasdair McDonnell age 68 Dr. Alasdair McDonnell is an Irish politician who has been the Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party since 2011, and the Member of Parliament and Member of the Legislative Assembly of ...more

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Albert Grant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
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Albert Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Albert Reynolds Died at 82 (1932-2014) Albert Reynolds was an Irish politician who was Taoiseach of Ireland, serving from February 1992 to December 1994. His first term was as head of a Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrats ...more

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Alex Maskey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Alex Maskey age 65 Alex Maskey is an Irish politician who was the first member of Sinn Féin to serve as Belfast's Lord Mayor. He was Sinn Féin's longest sitting councillor and is currently an MLA for ...more

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Alex White is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Alex White age 59 Alex White is an Irish Labour Party politician and Senior Counsel, and is the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. He was elected at the 2011 general election as a Teachta ...more

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Andrew Doyle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Andrew Doyle age 57 Andrew Doyle is an Irish Fine Gael politician, and a Teachta Dála for the Wicklow constituency. He is the Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

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Andrew Kelly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
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Andrew Montague is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Andrew Montague Andrew Montague is an Irish Labour Party politician and member of Dublin City Council. He is a former Lord Mayor of Dublin. Born in Santry, Dublin, he attended Larkhill B.N.S, and St. Aidan's ...more

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Arlene Foster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Arlene Foster age 47 Arlene Isabel Foster is a British politician who has been the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Fermanagh and South Tyrone since 2003. She became Minister of the Environment in 2007 before ...more

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Arthur Griffith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Arthur Griffith Died at 50 (1872-1922) Arthur Griffith was an Irish politician and writer, who founded and later led the political party Sinn Féin. He served as President of Dáil Éireann from January to August ...more

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Arthur Jackson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Arthur Jackson Arthur Jackson was an Irish politician. He was an independent member of Seanad Éireann from 1922 to 1928. From County Sligo, he was nominated to the Seanad by the President of the ...more

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Arthur MacMorrough Kavanagh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Arthur MacMorrough Kavanagh Died at 58 (1831-1889) Arthur MacMorrough Kavanagh, Irish politician, son of Thomas Kavanagh, M.P., who traced his descent to the ancient Kings of Leinster through Art mac Art MacMurrough-Kavanagh, and of Lady ...more

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Arthur Morgan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Arthur Morgan age 63 Arthur Morgan is a former Irish Sinn Féin politician. He was a Teachta Dála for the Louth constituency from 2002 to 2011. Morgan was born in Omeath in County Louth. Educated ...more

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Arthur Vincent is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Arthur Vincent Arthur Rose Vincent CBE was an Irish politician and barrister. He also served as a judge of various British colonial and extraterritorial courts. Together with his parents-in-law, he donated ...more

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Austin Deasy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Austin Deasy age 81 Austin Deasy is a former Irish Fine Gael politician. He was a TD for the Waterford constituency from 1977 until his retirement at the 2002 general election. Austin Deasy was born in Dungarvan, ...more

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Avril Doyle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Avril Doyle age 68 Avril Doyle is an Irish former politician. She was a member of Fine Gael. Avril Belton was born in Dublin; she was educated at Holy Child Convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. ...more

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Barry Andrews is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Barry Andrews age 50 Barry Andrews is the chief executive of GOAL, an international aid organisation, since November 2012. He is a former Fianna Fáil politician. He was a Teachta Dála for the ...more

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Barry McElduff is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Barry McElduff age 51 Barry McElduff is an Irish politician. Born in County Tyrone, and from Aghagogan townland, McElduff attended the Christian Brothers Grammar School in Omagh before attending Queen's University ...more

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Basil Kelly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Basil Kelly Died at 88 (1920-2008) Sir John William Basil Kelly, QC, PC, PC was a Northern Irish barrister, judge and politician.

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Bernadette Devlin McAliskey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Bernadette Devlin McAliskey age 70 Josephine Bernadette McAliskey, usually known as Bernadette Devlin or Bernadette McAliskey, is an Irish socialist and republican political activist. She served as a Member of the UK Parliament ...more

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Bernard Allen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Bernard Allen age 73 Bernard Allen is a former Irish Fine Gael politician. He served as a Teachta Dála for the Cork North–Central constituency from 1981 to 2011. Allen was born in Cork city. He was educated ...more

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Bernard Durkan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Bernard Durkan age 72 Bernard J. Durkan is an Irish Fine Gael politician. He is a Teachta Dála for the Kildare North constituency. He was born in Killasser, Swinford, County Mayo, and educated at St. John's, ...more

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Bertie Ahern is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Bertie Ahern age 66 Patrick Bartholomew "Bertie" Ahern is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Taoiseach of Ireland from 26 June 1997 to 7 May 2008. Ahern served as a Teachta ...more

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Beverley Flynn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Beverley Flynn age 51 Beverley Flynn is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician. She served as a Teachta Dála for the Mayo constituency from 1997 to 2011.

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Billy Kelleher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Billy Kelleher age 49 Billy Kelleher is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He has been a Teachta Dála for the Cork North–Central constituency since 1997. He was educated at Sacred Heart College, ...more

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Billy Timmins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Billy Timmins age 58 Billy Timmins is an Irish politician. He is a Teachta Dála for the Wicklow constituency, and the deputy leader of Renua Ireland. He previously sat as an independent TD, having lost the ...more

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Bobby Aylward is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Bobby Aylward age 62 Robert "Bobby" Aylward is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician and was a Teachta Dála for the Carlow–Kilkenny constituency from 2007 to 2011. He also works as a farmer. ...more

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Bobby Sands is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Bobby Sands Died at 27 (1954-1981) Robert Gerard "Bobby" Sands was a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army who died on hunger strike while imprisoned at HM Prison Maze. He was the leader of the 1981 hunger ...more

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Brendan Griffin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Brendan Griffin age 35 Brendan Griffin is an Irish Fine Gael politician. A former publican, he was elected as a Teachta Dála for the Kerry South constituency at the 2011 general election. Griffin is a former ...more

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Brendan Howlin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Brendan Howlin age 61 Brendan Howlin is an Irish Labour Party politician who has served as a Teachta Dála for Wexford since 1987. He is the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform since March 2011, having ...more

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Brendan Kenneally is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Brendan Kenneally age 62 Brendan Kenneally is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He was a Teachta Dála for the Waterford constituency. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1989 ...more

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Brendan McCann is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
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Brendan Smith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Brendan Smith age 61 Brendan Smith is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He has been a Teachta Dála for the Cavan–Monaghan constituency since 1992. He previously served as the Minister for Agriculture, ...more

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Brian Cowen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Brian Cowen age 57 Brian Cowen is an Irish former politician who served as Taoiseach of Ireland from 7 May 2008 to 9 March 2011. He was head of a coalition government led by Fianna Fáil which until 23 ...more

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Brian Crowley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Brian Crowley age 53 Brian Crowley is an Irish politician and Member of the European Parliament for the South constituency. He sits as an independent MEP after he was expelled from the Fianna Fáil ...more

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Brian Hayes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Brian Hayes age 48 Brian Hayes is an Irish Fine Gael politician and Member of the European Parliament for Dublin since May 2014. He is a former Teachta Dála for the Dublin South–West constituency, and ...more

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Brian Lenihan, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Brian Lenihan, Jr. Died at 52 (1959-2011) Brian Joseph Lenihan was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and barrister who served in the government of Ireland as Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform from 2007 to 2008 and as ...more

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Brian Ó Domhnaill is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Brian Ó Domhnaill age 40 Brian Ó Domhnaill is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and member of Seanad Éireann since 2007. He attended the University of Ulster where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in ...more

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Brian O'Rourke is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Brian O'Rourke Bernard Brian O'Rourke was an Irish politician and company director. He was a Cumann na nGaedheal member of the Free State Seanad Éireann from 1922 to 1936. He was first elected to the ...more

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Brian O'Shea is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Brian O'Shea age 73 Brian O'Shea is a former Irish Labour Party politician. He served as a Teachta Dála for the Waterford constituency from 1989 to 2011. O'Shea was born in Waterford and educated at Mount ...more

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Brian Ua Néill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Brian Ua Néill Brian Ua Néill, also known as Brian O'Neill, was the High King of Ireland from 1258 to 1260. His status as High King is disputed by some, as the forces of the O'Briens of Thomond failed ...more

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Brian Walsh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Brian Walsh age 45 Brian Walsh is an Irish Fine Gael politician who elected as a Teachta Dála for the Galway West constituency at the 2011 general election. He sat as an independent TD, having lost the Fine ...more

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Bryan Cooper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Bryan Cooper Died at 46 (1884-1930) Bryan Ricco Cooper was an Irish politician, writer and landowner from Markree Castle, County Sligo. He was prominent in Dáil Éireann in the early years of the Irish Free State, ...more

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Camillus Glynn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Politicians from Ireland
Camillus Glynn age 76 Camillus Glynn is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He was a member of Seanad Éireann from 1997 to 2011. A former psychiatric nurse, he was first elected to the Seanad in 1997 ...more