John Ellis (Fianna Fáil politician)

John Ellis
In office
August 2007  April 2011
Constituency Nominated by the Taoiseach
In office
February 1983  February 1987
In office
October 1977  June 1981
Constituency Agricultural Panel
Teachta Dála
In office
February 1987  May 2007
In office
June 1981  November 1982
Constituency Sligo–Leitrim
Personal details
Born (1952-05-02) 2 May 1952
Fenagh, County Leitrim, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Patricia Donnelly
Children 3

John Ellis (born 2 May 1952) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician, who was a Teachta Dála (TD) and Senator from 1977 to 2011.[1]

Born in Fenagh, County Leitrim, Ellis was a farmer and businessman before entering politics. He is married with three children.

He was elected as a member of Leitrim County Council in 1974, and served as the council chairman from 1986 to 1987 and from 1992 to 1993.

He first entered the Oireachtas in 1977, when he was elected to the 14th Seanad by the Agricultural Panel. He was elected to the 22nd Dáil at the 1981 general election for the Sligo–Leitrim constituency and returned to the 23rd Dáil at the February 1982 general election, but lost his seat at the November 1982 general election, despite topping the poll.[1]

In 1983, he was elected to the 17th Seanad, again by the Agricultural Panel. He stood again in the Sligo–Leitrim constituency at 1987 general election, and was returned to the 25th Dáil. He was re-elected at the 1989, 1992, 1997 and 2002 general elections. He lost his seat at the 2007 general election, partly due to boundary changes which placed him in the newly created Roscommon–South Leitrim constituency.[2] He was nominated by the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern to the Seanad on 3 August 2007.

He was involved in a controversy due to the Stanlow Trading scandal of the late eighties, where 80 families were left unpaid by the company, set up by him and his two brothers, Caillian and Richard.[3]

He owns three properties in County Leitrim, over 150 acres (0.61 km2) of farmland and some development sites.


  1. 1 2 "Mr. John Ellis". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 11 April 2009.
  2. "John Ellis". Retrieved 11 April 2009.
  3. "Chequing out Ellis". The Sunday Business Post. 27 January 2002. Retrieved 11 April 2009.
Preceded by
James Gallagher
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Sligo–Leitrim
1981Nov 1982
Succeeded by
Joe McCartin
(Fine Gael)
Preceded by
Joe McCartin
(Fine Gael)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Sligo–Leitrim
Constituency abolished
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