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Ellen Odette Cuffe, Countess of Desart, née Bischoffsheim (1 September 1857 – 29 June 1933) was an Irish politician and company director. She married William Cuffe, the 4th Earl of Desart in 1881.[1] She was the daughter of Henri Louis Bischoffsheim, a wealthy Jewish banker of German origin.[2]

She was appointed to the Irish Free State Seanad Éireann as an independent member in December 1922 by the President of the Executive Council.[3] She was one of four women elected or appointed to the first Seanad in 1922.[4] She was the first Jewish person to serve as a Senator in Ireland.[2] She was appointed for 12 years in 1922 and served until her death in 1933.


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