Michael Yeats

For those of a similar name, see Michael Yates (disambiguation).
Michael Yeats
Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann
In office
5 November 1969  3 January 1973
President Éamon de Valera
Preceded by Liam Ó Buachalla
Succeeded by Micheál Cranitch
Personal details
Born (1921-08-22)22 August 1921
Thame, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Died 3 January 2007(2007-01-03) (aged 85)
Dublin, Ireland
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Gráinne Yeats
Religion Church of Ireland

Michael Butler Yeats (22 August 1921 – 3 January 2007) was an Irish barrister and Fianna Fáil politician.[1] He served two periods as a member of Seanad Éireann.

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.[2]

Following the 1951 election, Yeats was nominated to the 7th Seanad by the Taoiseach Éamon de Valera. He stood at the subsequent election in 1954 for the 8th Seanad but was not elected.

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.[3]

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.[2]

He was married to Gráinne, a singer and Irish harpist.[4] 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).

See also


  1. "Mr. Michael Yeats". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  2. 1 2 "Michael Yeats". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  3. "Official Report (Seanad Éireann) Volume 93, 12 March 1980: Resignation of Member". Oireachtas. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  4. "Michael Butler Yeats". Find a grave memorial. Retrieved 24 February 2013.


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