Brendan Ryan (Cork politician)
Brendan Ryan (born 6 August 1946) is an Irish politician and former member of Seanad Éireann for the National University of Ireland constituency. He was an independent Senator until 1999, when he joined the Labour Party.
He was first elected in 1981 to the 16th Seanad by graduates of the National University of Ireland in 1981, defeating Professor Augustine Martin. His election was welcomed by an editorial in The Irish Times as "one of the best deeds in a naughty world". The paper noted that "the graduates of the National University of Ireland, the privileged as many would see them, the people who have had the inestimable gift of university education, gave their vote to a man who had devoted his life wholeheartedly to the Simon Community — Mr. Brendan Ryan".
In 2004, Ryan he stood as a Labour Party candidate in the European Parliament election for the Munster constituency, and in the 2002 general election, he stood in the Cork South–Central constituency. He was unsuccessful on both occasions.
Ryan is a lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the Cork Institute of Technology. In 1995 he wrote "Keeping Us In The Dark", a book concerning censorship of freedom of information in Ireland. He also writes a weekly column for the Evening Echo newspaper.
Ryan is a fluent speaker of the Irish language. In May 2006, he introduced the Genealogy & Heraldry Bill 2006 in Seanad Éireann which aimed to provide a sound legislative basis for the State's delivery of heraldic services.
He lost his seat in the 2007 election to Seanad Éireann.