|Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann|
5 November 1969 – 3 January 1973
|President||Éamon de Valera|
|Preceded by||Liam Ó Buachalla|
|Succeeded by||Micheál Cranitch|
22 August 1921|
Thame, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
3 January 2007 85) (aged|
|Political party||Fianna Fáil|
|Religion||Church of Ireland|
His father was the poet W. B. Yeats, who likewise served in the Seanad, and his mother was Georgie Hyde-Lees. His sister Anne Yeats was a painter and designer, as was his uncle Jack Butler Yeats. Michael was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and was an officer in the College Historical Society. He unsuccessfully stood for election to Dáil Éireann at the 1948 general election and the 1951 general election for the Dublin South-East constituency.
From 1961 to 1980 he was a member of Seanad Éireann. In 1961 he was elected to the 10th Seanad by the Labour Panel. In 1965 he was nominated by the Taoiseach Seán Lemass to the 11th Seanad. In 1969 he was elected to the 12th Seanad by the Cultural and Educational Panel, and re-elected to the 13th Seanad in 1973. In 1977, he was nominated by the Taoiseach Jack Lynch to the 14th Seanad. He resigned from the Seanad on 12 March 1980.
From 1969 to 1973, during the 12th Seanad, he served as Cathaoirleach (chair).
While a senator, Yeats served as a Member of the European Parliament from 1973 to 1979, being appointed to Ireland's first, second and third delegations. He stood at the first direct elections in 1979 for the Dublin constituency but was not elected.
He was married to Gráinne, a singer and Irish harpist. They had four children: daughters Caitríona (a concert harpist), Siobhán (a patents professional) and Síle (a broadcaster with RTÉ who also died in 2007), and a son, Pádraig (an engineer).
- "Mr. Michael Yeats". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
- "Michael Yeats". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
- "Official Report (Seanad Éireann) Volume 93, 12 March 1980: Resignation of Member". Oireachtas. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
- "Michael Butler Yeats". Find a grave memorial. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
- Cast a Cold Eye (autobiography), Dublin: Blackwater Press, ISBN 0-86121-968-6.