Senator Frances Black

Frances Black is an Independent Senator, singer and founder of the RISE Foundation, a charitable organisation working with people with a loved one in addiction. A strong advocate for social justice and equality, she was elected to the 25th Seanad in 2016, the first female Independent from the Seanad's panel system in the history of the state. Senator Black is passionate about being a voice for the vulnerable, and continues to work with organisations in the voluntary and charitable sectors alongside her work in Seanad Éireann. 

June 16, 2020

Statement on the Programme for Government – Tuesday 16th June 2020

The announcement of a Programme for Government yesterday was a significant moment for the country, setting a potential direction for the next five years. While the focus is rightly on domestic challenges...

February 20, 2020

Dear all, 

I'm writing this post to confirm that I'm standing for re-election to Seanad Éireann, running again as an Independent on the Industrial & Commercial Panel.

You can see more about how the Seanad is elected here, but the pool of voters in my panel is made up of...

July 22, 2019

After a very busy few months, the Oireachtas went into summer recess last week. This gives us an opportunity to look forward and prepare for the coming Parliamentary term and lots of work ahead, and I wanted to give an update on one of my biggest legislative priorities...

January 24, 2019

The Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018has today passed its crucial Second Stage vote in the Lower House of the Irish Parliament, Dáil Éireann. TDs supported the Bill by a margin of 78 votes in favour to 45 votes against.

Having already been pa...

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Latest Seanad Contributions

Mother and Baby Home Scandal 17th May 2017

Vulnerable Adults 5th April 2017

Intoxicating Liquor Bill 12th April 2017

Condolences Captain Fitzpatrick 21st March 2017

Migrant Rights 16th May 2017

Direct Provision 11th April 2017

Vulture Funds Landlord Legislation 28th March 2017

Cannabis Oil / Homelessness 28th Feb 2017

Fisheries Bill 22nd March 2017

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