Tony Kett

Tony Kett
In office
17 September 1997  19 April 2009
Constituency Administrative Panel
Personal details
Born (1951-06-01)1 June 1951
County Galway, Ireland
Died 19 April 2009(2009-04-19) (aged 57)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Noreen Kett
Children 3
Alma mater College of Commerce, Rathmines

Tony Kett (1 June 1951 – 19 April 2009)[1][2] was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and member of Seanad Éireann. In 1997, he was elected to the 21st Seanad by the Administrative Panel. He was elected again in 2002 and in 2007.[3]

Born in Woodlawn, County Galway, Kett was a former administrator of the Central Remedial Clinic. He was reportedly a key member of the "Drumcondra Mafia", as Bertie Ahern's inner circle of constituency supporters are dubbed.[4]

He was co-opted as member of Dublin City Council for the North Inner City electoral area in 1988 to replace Bertie Ahern (who had resigned when he was appointed a government minister) and was re-elected at the 1999 local elections.[5] With the abolition of the dual mandate, he did not contest the 2004 local elections.[6]

He died on 19 April 2009 of cancer.[1][2][7] Tributes were led by Taoiseach Brian Cowen and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

Kett was succeeded in the Seanad by former County Louth councillor James Carroll.[8]


  1. 1 2 "Ahern leads tributes to senator". The Press Association. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  2. 1 2 "Senator Tony Kett dies after long illness". RTÉ News. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  3. "Mr. Tony Kett". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 19 February 2008.
  4. Justine McCarthy (25 March 2007). "Bertie's real cabinet". Sunday Tribune. Archived from the original on 20 November 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2008.
  5. "Tony Kett". Retrieved 19 February 2008.
  6. "Elections 2004: Dublin City Council". RTÉ News. Archived from the original on 12 December 2004. Retrieved 19 February 2008.
  7. "FF Senator Tony Kett dies after long illness". The Irish Times. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2009.
  8. "Members welcome Carroll to chamber". The Irish Times. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2009.
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