John Hanafin

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John Hanafin
Senator
In office
September 2002 – April 2011
ConstituencyLabour Panel
Personal details
Born (1960-09-27) 27 September 1960 (age 62)
NationalityIrish
Political partyFianna Fáil
SpouseLinda Hanafin[1] (div.)
Children3
Parent
Alma materUniversity College Dublin
ProfessionBarrister

John Gerard Hanafin (born 27 September 1960)[2] is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician, who was a member of Seanad Éireann from 2002 to 2011.[3] He was elected by the Labour Panel. Hanafin is the brother of the former cabinet minister Mary Hanafin and the son of the former Senator, Des Hanafin. He was first elected to the Seanad in 2002 and re-elected in 2007. He was a member of North Tipperary County Council representing the Thurles area from 1988 to 2003.[4]

He called for a yes vote in unsuccessful 2002 abortion referendum, which would have rolled back the X Case.[5]

On 7 July 2010, he resigned the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party whip, along with Labhrás Ó Murchú and Jim Walsh, in protest at the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 which gave some legal recognition to same-sex couples.[6] He rejoined the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party on 23 November 2010.[7]

Hanafin lost his seat at the 2011 Seanad election.[4] He was nominated to the Industrial and Commercial Panel for the 2016 Seanad elections but was unsuccessful in regaining a Seanad seat.[8]

In September 2015, Hanafin was appointed as Honorary Consul to the Russian Federation in Thurles, County Tipperary.[9][10] He resigned as Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation over the invasion of Ukraine. He stated no conflict is worth a human life and called for an immediate cessation of the conflict and peace talks.[11]

At the Fianna Fáil Árd Fheis in 2017, Hanafin advocated again for retention of the 8th Amendment, linking abortion to a lack of supply of babies for adoption.[12]

In November 2017, Hanafin entered talks with serving politicians about establishing a rural, anti-abortion political party.[13]

He was an unsuccessful Fianna Fáil candidate at the 2020 Seanad election.

He was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2019.[14]

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  1. ^ "Hanafin appointed National Corporate fundraiser". Archived from the original on 27 September 2021. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Houses of the Oireachtas website". Archived from the original on 25 October 2017.
  3. ^ "John Hanafin". Oireachtas Members Database. Archived from the original on 8 November 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
  4. ^ a b "John Hanafin". ElectionsIreland.org. Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
  5. ^ McCormack, Cian (26 January 2002). "Hanafin asks councillers to support a pro-life motion". Nenagh Guardian. p. 1.
  6. ^ "Three FF Senators relinquish party whip". RTÉ News. 7 July 2010. Archived from the original on 10 July 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Cowen remains as FF leader after meeting". RTÉ News. 23 November 2010. Archived from the original on 27 December 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  8. ^ "Seanad general election 2016". Houses of the Oireachtas. 19 July 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Russian Consulate opens in Tipperary". Tipp FM. 29 September 2015. Archived from the original on 28 November 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Thurles, Co. Tipperary". Consular Section of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Ireland. Archived from the original on 28 November 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  11. ^ Murphy, Pat (2 March 2022). "Hanafin resigns as Honorary Consul to Russian Federation". Tipp FM news. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  12. ^ "Fianna Fáil delegates reject calls to change the constitution on abortion". Irish Independent. 14 October 2017. Archived from the original on 28 November 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  13. ^ "TDs in talks to form new prolife party". Irish Examiner. 18 November 2017. Archived from the original on 28 November 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  14. ^ "John Hanafin". Archived from the original on 27 September 2021. Retrieved 17 September 2020.