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Jonathan O'Brien TD


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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
Phone : 021-4212233

Statements (455)

O’Brien calls for implementation timeframe for Garda recommendations19 October, 2016

O’Brien comments on mounting pressure on Minister in wake of AGSI strike decision18 October, 2016

Jonathan O’Brien TD welcomes Garda Commissioner's commitment to check if whistleblower intelligence files exist12 October, 2016

O’Brien calls for emphasis on community policing11 October, 2016

Sinn Féin support government sex offences bill - Jonathan O'Brien TD5 October, 2016

Fianna Fáil Hate Crime Bill “a frightening example of lazy legislating” - Jonathan O’Brien TD4 October, 2016

Government need to get to grips with unprecedented Garda industrial action – O’Brien29 September, 2016

An Garda Síochána must outline reasons for conflicting reports on crime figures - Jonathan O’Brien TD28 September, 2016

O’Brien criticises councils for faking homelessness accusations13 July, 2016

O’Brien calls for tighter charity regulations12 July, 2016

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