Gerard Craughwell

Senator Gerard Craughwell was born in Galway in 1953. At 16, he began working as a barman in London but soon joined the Royal Irish Rangers, becoming the youngest Lance Corporal in the regiment. In 1974, he left the British Army to join the Irish Army, where he served as a Corporal, Sergeant, and instructor.

In 1980, Gerard Craughwell left the army to manage a family business, which unfortunately went into liquidation in 1983. He then worked various jobs, eventually joining Aughinish Alumina Ltd in 1986 until a back injury ended his career in 1990. This setback led him to pursue education, graduating from the London School of Economics. Craughwell’s career in teaching began at Limerick Senior College and continued at Senior College Dun Laoghaire. He was actively involved in the Teachers Union of Ireland, serving in various leadership roles.

Gerard has served as a Senator for the Labour Panel since April 2016, and previously from 2014 to 2016 for the Cultural and Educational Panel.