Rónán Mullen

Senator Rónán Mullen represents the National University of Ireland constituency in Seanad Éireann, Ireland’s Upper House of Parliament. First elected in 2007, he has been re-elected twice, topping the poll in the elections of 2011 and 2016.

Senator Mullen is an independent, Christian Democratic politician. He advocates for a human dignity perspective in policy and law-making. He was a member of the Irish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in 2010 and again from 2016 to 2018. His report on the ‘Provision of Palliative Care in Europe’ was adopted unanimously by the Parliamentary Assembly Standing Committee meeting in Helsinki last November.

Senator Mullen frequently appears in the media to comment on social affairs and justice issues. He led the parliamentary opposition to the redefinition of marriage in the Irish referendum of May 2015. He is also widely known for championing the pro-life cause throughout his career and was prominent during the recent abortion referendum debate in Ireland. A member of the informal ‘Human Dignity Group’ in the Irish Parliament, he initiated the Annual ‘Human Life, Human Rights and Human Dignity Award’ in 2014, the first system of awards to be established within the Irish Parliament.

Senator Mullen was born and lives in Ahascragh, Co Galway in the West of Ireland. He took a BA in English and French in NUI Galway, and a Master’s Degree in Dublin City University. Later he completed studies at the Honorable Society of Kings Inns in Dublin and practised as a barrister in the Irish courts. He holds a lecturing post in law at the Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown, Dublin.

He has written weekly columns for the Irish Examiner and Irish Daily Mail newspapers. He was a Communications Officer and spokesperson for the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin from 1996 to 2001.

In his spare time he likes running and walking and helping on the family farm in Galway.