Madeleine Taylor Quinn on her way into the FG Ard Fheis back in April displaying her contempt of the people who she has been elected to represent.
Madeleine Taylor-Quinn (born 26 May 1951) is a former Fine Gael politician who served for over twenty years in the Oireachtas as a Teachta Dála (TD) for Clare and as a Senator.
Born Madeleine Taylor in Kilkee, County Clare, she was educated at the Convent of Mercy Secondary School in Kilrush, and at University College Galway, graduating with a BA, HDipEd, and LLB. Working as a teacher, she became a founder member of Young Fine Gael in 1977, and Joint Honorary Secretary of Fine Gael from 1979–82, the first woman officer in the party.
She was elected to Dáil Éireann on her first attempt, at the 1981 general election, succeeding her father Frank Taylor, who had been a TD from 1969. County Clare's first-ever female TD, she took her seat in the 22nd Dáil as Fine Gael leader Garret FitzGerald was elected Taoiseach, heading a Fine Gael-Labour coalition government.
The government fell in January 1982 when it was defeated in a vote on the budget, and at the February 1982 general election Taylor-Quinn lost her seat to Fine Gael's other candidate, Donal Carey. She was then elected to the 16th Seanad Éireann on the Cultural and Educational Panel.