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Jonathan O’Brien - Junior Spokesperson on Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform

Jonathan O'Brien is the Sinn Féin's TD for Cork North Central.

He is married to Gillian. They have four children and live in Farranree on Cork's Northside.

A keen follower of sports, he is a former player with Na Piarsaigh GAA Club and is currently a director of Cork City FC.

Jonathan has been a member of Cork City Council since 2000. He is leader of the Sinn Féin group on the council and sits on a range of committees including the council's finance committee. He topped the poll in the Cork North West ward in the 2004 local elections and received nearly 1 in 4 first preference votes in the ward in 2009.

A proven track record of campaigning -

Sinn Féin has taken the lead in exposing the abuse of conference fees on Cork City Council, with one Fianna Fáil councillor claiming €15,000 last year.

In over a decade on the council, Jonathan O'Brien has never claimed conference expenses.

Jonathan O'Brien is a member of the Local Drugs Taskforce, and was a founding member of COCAD (Coalition of Communities Against Drugs). He was the first to highlight the emergence of heroin as a problem in Cork, leading to a series of successful Garda actions against dealers.

Jonathan has consistently highlighted the need for more social housing provision in Cork. In June Cork Sinn Féin launched a local housing policy, “Let's End the Wait”, offering practical solutions to the housing problem.

Jonathan was a key figure in Cork Sinn Féin's successful campaign against the spread of legalised drug dealing early last year.

Jonathan has consistently opposed the closure of the orthopaedic hospital. In the past he has campaigned for a dedicated A&E unit for the Northside, collecting 8,000 signatures and presenting them to Health Minister Mary Harney.

Constituency office:
52 Shandon Street
Cork
Phone : 021-4212233

Statements (495)

Patients languishing on trolleys the legacy of this government – O’Brien20 March, 2019

Sinn Féin Bill to allow State to disqualify abnormally low bids and badly performing contractors from public contracts – Jonathan O’Brien TD12 March, 2019

Taoiseach’s new Procurement ‘ideas’ no more than regulations his government has failed to implement – Jonathan O’Brien TD28 February, 2019

Minister Harris reappointed Children’s Hospital Development Board without questioning or seeking performance appraisals during overspend – Jonathan O’Brien TD28 February, 2019

Government must stop blaming BAM & accept their own abject failure to deliver the National Children’s Hospital on budget – Jonathan O’Brien TD15 February, 2019

C&AG contradicts Minister Donohoe on role of Chief Procurement Officer in National Children’s Hospital Scandal – O’Brien14 February, 2019

Minister Donohoe’s ‘new proposals’ are old procurement regulations he failed to implement – Jonathan O’Brien TD12 February, 2019

Taoiseach’s dismissal of Children’s Hospital impact on Budget 2019 ‘reflects reckless attitude towards taxpayers’ money’ – O’Brien8 February, 2019

Continued lack of Government transparency on Hospital overspend “totally unacceptable” - Jonathan O’Brien TD7 February, 2019

National Children’s Hospital procurement scandal was not a process failure but a result of gross incompetence – Jonathan O’Brien TD7 February, 2019

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