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Jonathan O'Brien TD


Jonathan O'Brien TD


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:
136 Barrack Street
Phone : 021-4311389

Statements (306)

Jonathan O'Brien TD will contest the next General Election for Sinn Féin in Cork North Central27 February, 2015

O’Brien calls for changes so that government TDs actually know what they’re voting on26 February, 2015

O’Brien calls on Minister to address cash strapped parents forced to donate to schools26 February, 2015

O'Brien calls for immediate publication of school admissions legislation24 February, 2015

Varadkar's immature attack on Sinn Féin not fooling anybody - Jonathan O'Brien TD21 February, 2015

Sinn Féin welcome teacher vetting measures – O’Brien18 February, 2015

O’Brien comments on small schools announcements17 February, 2015

O’Brien calls for Minister for Education to meet academic staff of Institutes of Technology11 February, 2015

O’Brien questions logic of pushing RCSI Bill when IT mergers are stalling11 February, 2015

Sinn Féin calls for Dáil debate on Cork IT and IT Tralee merger – O’Brien10 February, 2015

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