Vote #1 Sean Melly

- Your Independent Trinity Senator -


#1 for Business

#1 for Universities

#1 for Seanad



My Priorities


Ireland needs more experienced business people in government. With over 30 years experience  and success in business both at home and abroad, I know what is needed to start, finance and develop business. I know how to create jobs.  I understand what our entrepreneurs and our economy needs. As your senator, I will be a voice for business in the Seanad. I will help create an economic environment for enterprise to start and flourish. As your senator, I will work to;

• Create a positive investment environment
• Improve infrastructure to attract international investment
• Restructure tax policy to encourage entrepreneurs

University Funding

As Trinity Graduates, we speak with pride about the 425 years of college history, its graduates and our achievements. Trinity still ranks among the world’s leading universities.  However, the role of Trinity and other Irish universities as world leaders is threatened by drastic cuts in state funding.

For almost a decade, I have been working closely with Trinity’s leadership and have seen first-hand the enormous challenges that Irish universities face.  As your senator, I want to secure the future of Ireland’s universities. To do this I will work to;

• Improve university quality and international ranking
• Restructure university funding
• Increase the autonomy of university management 

Seanad Reform

Two years ago the Irish people voted to retain the Seanad however, we need to make this institution more relevant and effective. As your senator, I will work to;

• Increase representation of experienced leaders
• Enable all Irish citizens to elect senators
• Empower the Seanad








Repeal the 8th

Renewable Energy


About Me

I left Trinity College in 1985 with a business degree, life-long friends and a world of possibilities. Following a masters degree in finance (UCD), I spent a decade in finance in London and New York. With this experience I identified opportunities in the global telecoms industry and became an entrepreneur.  I established successful businesses in the US, Ireland and Central Europe. In 1998 I founded Powerscourt Investments and I began working with, and investing in, other Irish entrepreneurs.  I helped many of them become successful businesses, employing hundreds of people.  For almost a decade I have worked in the following roles with Trinity’s leadership helping to secure the university’s future:

• Chairman of the board of Trinity Business School
• Board member of Trinity Foundation
• Member of the Provost’s Council
• Professor corporate finance MBA programme

As a Trinity graduate with 30 years business experience, a successful entrepreneurial career and almost a decade of commitment to the future of Trinity, I would be honoured to represent you at national level as your independent Trinity senator;

• I will be a voice for business in government
• I will help strengthen Ireland’s universities
• I will bring my experience, skill and energy to the Seanad


Trinity Alumni:                         https://www.tcd.ie/alumni/

Trinity Business School:         https://www.tcd.ie/business/



Some Endorsers


David McWilliams

Fr. Peter McVerry SJ

Feargal Quinn                                        

Prof. John Hegarty

Brian Caulfield          

Ciara Clancy                                              

Prof. Gerard McHugh

Paul Dreschler CBE 

Ian Robertson           

Prof. Andrew Burke  

Dr. Liam Twomey    

Prof. John O'Hagan                                       

John Whelan    

Mary Ann O’Brien                      

Prof.  James Meaney               

Liam Booth                          

Rosheen McGuckian    







Economist, author, broadcaster

Founder, Peter McVerry Trust

Businessman & Senator

Former Provost of Trinity College, Dublin

Chairman, Venture Capital Assn.& Partner Draper Esprit

Physiotherapist, Founder of Beats Medical

Dean of Development & Alumni, Trinity College, Dublin

President, Confederation of British Industry

Professor Psychology & Neuroscientist

Dean of Trinity Business School

Former TD, Senator & Fine Gael Health Spokesperson

Professor Economics

Director Trinity Innovation

Businesswoman & Senator

Chairman, St James Hospital Trust

MD Investec Bank





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