Séan Barrett (Former Ceann Comhairle automatically elected)
Fine Gael TD Sean Barrett was Ceann Comhairle of the 31st Dáil. The Dun Laoghaire politician is the only TD who does not have to contest his seat. A Ceann Comhairle is deemed automatically to be re-elected by their constituency at a general election, unless they are retiring. Mr Barrett introduced the National Bravery Awards during his term as Ceann Comhairle. He also played a central role in establishing the North South Inter Parliamentary Association. During his career in national politics Mr Barrett served as Government Chief Whip and Minister for Sport in the Garrett Fitzgerald Government and Minister for Defence and the Marine in the Rainbow Government led by John Bruton.