Michael Yeats

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Michael Butler Yeats (born August 22, 1921 in Thame, Oxfordshire , † January 3, 2007 in Dublin ) was an Irish politician .


Michael Yeats was born in 1921 in Thame, Oxfordshire, the son of the Irish poet William Butler Yeats . After finishing school he studied history at Trinity College Dublin , where he passed with honors. Yeats then continued his studies and was admitted to the bar. However, he did not practice, but rather turned to politics. He joined the Fianna Fáil , the largest party in Ireland. From 1951 to 1954 and from 1961 to 1981 he was a senator in the Seanad Éireann , the upper house of the Irish Parliament . From 1969 to 1973 he was its chairman, the so-called Cathaoirleach . From 1973 to 1979 he was also a member of the European Parliament .

Yeats was married to the Irish singer and harpist Gráinne Yeats . The marriage resulted in four children, a son and three daughters. Irish painter Anne Yeats is his sister.

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