Jim Walsh (born May 5, 1947) is an Irish Fianna politician and member of Seanad Éireann between 1997 and 2016. [1 ]

Early and personal life

Walsh is a native of New Ross , County Wexford . Walsh attended New Ross Christian Brothers School . He is married to Marie Furlong, they have one son and two daughters. Outside of his Seanad duties, he works as a businessman and company director. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Transport, a Senator of the Junior Chamber International and is a former President of the Irish Road Hauliers Association. [3]

Political career

He was elected in 1974 to New Ross Town Council , serving as a Mayor for nine terms and a member of Wexford County Council from 1979 to 2004, serving as Mayor from 1992 to 1993. [4] Walsh was National Chairman of the Irish Local Authority Members Association from 1997 to 2002.

In 1997, he was first elected to Seanad Éireann by the Agricultural Panel . From 1997 to 2002, he served as government spokesman on Environment and Local Government in the Seanad. In this paper, we report on the role of the government in the development of social and economic development in the 1980s and 1990s. Of the Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee. [3]

He is currently a Board Member of Parliamentarians for Global Action , a New York-based non-governmental organization dealing with peace, democracy, human rights and the rules of law. He is also a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) as well as being a member of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly and a participant in the International Catholic Legislator’s Network since its inauguration.

Walsh has fulfilled a number of international speaking invitations in recent years. In 2011 he was invited to address a conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka on the Northern Ireland peace process. [5] At the invitation of the Pontifical Council for the Family he read a paper on the topic of “The Family” at the World Meeting of Families in Milan, May 2012. [6] At the PGA Conference in Bogota, Colombia, December 2013 “Disarmament and Decommissioning – The Northern Ireland Experience and its Relevance for Colombia.” [7]


In April 2008, Walsh asked “that the chairmen of some of the tribunals used their positions in order to act more or less as stewards for the wealthy legal profession “. [8] He later withdrew the comment, acknowledging that he may have caused offense.

Civil partnership legislation

On 24 April 2008, Walsh put forward a motion to counter the same-sex civil partnership Bill . [9] The Irish Times reported that around 30 unidentified Fianna Fáil backbenchers had signed the motion. One anonymous Senator Was quoted as claiming que la motion “would-have considerable backing from the more conservative sections of the parliamentary party .” The Taoiseach , Brian Cowen , responded by insisting that the registration of same-sex couples would not interfere with the constitutional status of marriage. Cowen noted that the Bill had been drawn up in close consultation with the Attorney General and had been included in the program for government. [10]

The motion was referred to the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party’s justice committee on 1 July 2008. Despite the challenge to the Bill, a Fianna Fáil spokesperson was quoted as saying “broad support” within the The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform , Dermot Ahern reaffirmed the constitutional compatibility of the proposed law. [11]

Walsh has repeatedly called for a freedom of conscience to the legislation which would permit the passing of equality legislation. [12]

In the 2014 “Pantigate” controversy in which the national broadcaster RTÉ paid a purported € 85,000 to conservative commentators, Walsh argued that some proponents of same-sex marriage were “dangerous and vicious.” [13]

On March 31, 2015, he said in the Seanad that he could not support same sex marriage and that the money spent on the Marriage Equality referendum would be better spent on testing the gay community for HIV . [14]


In November 2009, Walsh asked that women’s homework a major cause of depression in young people, and also expressed annoyance that “David Norris could describe gay people as ‘fairies’ – while he could not. [15] [16] [17]

On 7 July 2010, he resigned the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party whip , along with Labhrás Ó Murchú and John Hanafin , in protest at the Civil Partnership Bill. [18] He rejoined the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party on 23 November 2010. [19]

On July 16, 2013, Walsh opposed the Protection of Life during the Pregnancy Bill , and during the Seanad debate, which quoted an anti-abortion pamphlet’s description of dilation and evacuation , [20] which supporters criticized as inappropriate. [21] [22]

In December 2015, Walsh told Senator Ivana Bacik that she should seek ‘treatment for hemorrhoids.’, [23] and later said: “You go on like harpies every time somebody calls for simple fairness.”

In January 2016, he was re-admitted to the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party. [24] He did not contest the 2016 Seanad election. [25]

Wikipedia editing

In September 2015, Walsh admitted editing his own Wikipedia entry, claiming it had been edited by “a person from the gay lobby groups”. [26] He said that he had removed “certain erroneous comments” but did not say which edits he made or what was erroneous. [26] TJ McIntyre, a law lecturer at University College Dublin drew attention to edicts made from an IP address belonging to the Oireachtas . [26] Edits made from That address included removal of controversial comments made by the form senator about gay people and the Marriage Equality referendum . [26]


  1. Jump up^ “Mr. Jim Walsh” . Oireachtas Members Database . Retrieved January 26, 2010 .
  2. Jump up^ Collins, Stephen (2011). Nealon’s Guide to the 31st Dáil and 24th Seanad . Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. p. 200. ISBN  9780717150595 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:b “Senator Jim Walsh” . Fianna Fáil website . Retrieved January 26, 2010 .
  4. Jump up^ “Jim Walsh” . ElectionsIreland.org . Retrieved January 26,2010 .
  5. Jump up^ “The Irish Peace Process – Speech by Senator Jim Walsh” . Fiannafail.ie .
  6. Jump up^ “Senator Jim Walsh’s Speech at VII World Meeting of Families, Milan, May 30th, 2012” . Senatorjimwalsh.com .
  7. Jump up^ “SenatorJimWalsh & JuanManuelS” . Senatorjimwalsh.com .
  8. Jump up^ “Senator withdraws court remark” . RTÉ News . 24 April 2008.
  9. Jump up^ “FF Senator leads to deny gay couples right to register” . The Irish Times . 27 June 2008.
  10. Jump up^ “Taoiseach defends civil partnership plans” . RTÉ News . 27 June 2008.
  11. Jump up^ “FF refers civil partnership motion to cttee” . RTÉ News . 27 June 2008.
  12. Jump up^ “A to meet TDs over Bill on partnership” . The Irish Times . 3 December 2009.
  13. Jump up^ Sheahan, Fionnan (February 5, 2014). “Fianna Fail Senator refers to ‘dangerous, vicious elements within the gay ideological movement ‘ ” . Irish Independent .
  14. Jump up^ “Senator Jim Walsh suggests gay marriage referendum money ‘would be better spent on HIV testing for gay community ‘ ” . Irish Independent . 31 March 2015.
  15. Jump up^ Conor McMorrow (29 November 2009). “Fianna Fáil senator in row over ‘fairy’ slur on gay people” . Sunday Tribune . Archived from the original on 7 December 2009.
  16. Jump up^ Brian O’Reilly (27 September 2015). “Senator Jim Walsh admits editing his own Wikipedia page after it ‘s been changed by gay lobby groups’ .
  17. Jump up^ “Senator under fire for ‘fairies’ comment” . Irish Examiner . 30 November 2008.
  18. Jump up^ “Three FF Senators relinquish party whip” . RTÉ News . 7 July 2010 . Retrieved 7 July 2010 .
  19. Jump up^ “Cowen remains as FF leader after meeting” . RTÉ News . 23 November 2010.
  20. Jump up^ “Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)” . Seanad Éireann debates . 16 July 2013. p. 36 . Retrieved 17 July 2013 .
  21. Jump up^ Crosbie, Judith (17 July 2013). “Graphic description of abortion ‘inappropriate’, says Gilmore . The Irish Times . Retrieved 17 July 2013 .
  22. Jump up^ Lord, Miriam (17 July 2013). “The air froze in the chamber: Walsh’s input was disgusting” . The Irish Times . Retrieved 17 July 2013 .
  23. Jump up^ “Uproar as Senator Jim Walsh tells colleague to seek ‘treatment for hemorrhoids’ in abortion-related debate on Seanad floor” . Irish Independent . 10 December 2015.
  24. Jump up^ “Wexford senator to be allowed back into Fianna Fáil parliamentary party” . South East Radio . 28 January 2016.
  25. Jump up^ http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/seanad-adjourns-indefinitely-as-tributes-paid-to-retiring-senators-1.2521573
  26. ^ Jump up to:d O’Reilly, Brian (27 September 2015). “Senator Jim Walsh allowed on His Own editing Wikipedia page after-it ‘was changed by person from gay mafia groups ‘ ” . Sunday Independent . Retrieved 27 September 2015 .

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