Eileen Delaney was born in Dublin in 1923. She was educated at St. Kevin's School, the National College of Art, Grafton Academy of Dress Designing and the Abbey Theatre School of Acting. She first became involved in politics in 1955 when she was first elected to Dublin City Council. In 1976 she contested the by-election in Dublin South West, following the death of her 47-year-old husband, Noel Lemass, Jnr, a son of former Taoiseach Sean Lemass and a brother-in-law to another former Taoiseach Charles Haughey.
She was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1977 general election. Lemass was re-elected in the 1981 election, but lost her Dáil seat in February 1982. However she regained her seat in that year's second general election in November 1982. Two years later in 1984 she was elected to the European Parliament. She retired from domestic politics at the 1987 election and from European politics in 1989 when she lost her European seat.
THE spirit of Sean Lemass was summoned by Taoiseach Brian Cowen yesterday in his continuing plea for the Lisbon referendum to pass.
Sep 30, 2009; Cowen invokes spirit of Sean Lemass in call for 'Yes' result Senan Molony Deputy Political Editor THE spirit of Sean Lemass was...
At a time when former Taoiseach Sean Lemass is being hailed as 'the kind of man we need' a new book discloses how the one-time Taoiseach believed lawyers made the worst rulers.
Oct 18, 2009; Lemass had no time for legal eagles in power Former Taoiseach firmly believed a way with words was no substitute for an open...