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Biography

Posted on: January 25th, 2007

Independent University of Dublin Senator Shane Ross has spent his political and journalistic career as a voice for individuals and minorities.

He has constantly challenged the excesses of the Irish establishment including big business, the banks, political parties, and other vested interests.

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Some of his more recent campaigns include:

  • TRANSPORT: Putting the M50 Westlink toll bridge rip-off on the Government agenda.
  • HOUSE PRICES: Turning the heat on estate agents who take advantage of vulnerable home buyers and sellers, leading to proper regulation.
  • IN THE SENATE CHAMBER: Forcing the government to withdraw measures to ban opinion polls before elections.
  • EIRCOM: Exposing the debacle of Eircom, and the shabby treatment of thousands of small shareholders.
  • CHILDCARE: Introducing a motion on the Senate floor to recognise the need for the government to give massive additional resources to improve the quality of life of all parents.
  • ADMISSIONS TO TCD: Campaigning to ensure that current regulations do not work to the exclusion of all applicants from Northern Ireland, Britain, and further afield.
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    Shane Ross was educated at St Stephen’s School Dublin, Rugby School, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Geneva. At Trinity he studied History and Politics, and edited Miscellany magazine. He is a Vice-President of the Hist, the debating society formed by Edmund Burke in 1770.

    Today, Shane is the Business Editor of the Sunday Independent, Ireland’s biggest selling broadsheet. A qualified stockbroker, he was executive chairman of Dillon and Waldron stockbrokers, and Irish Times stock exchange correspondent for 8 years. He is director or chairman of several investment and hedge funds including the Barings New Russia and SVM Global funds, and former chairman of the Kleinwort European Privatisation Trust.

    He is married to Ruth Buchanan, presenter of RTE’s Playback, and has two children, both of whom are Trinity graduates.