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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 (503)

Fianna Fáil criticism of Fine Gael spending a 'desperate attempt to appear relevant before elections' – Jonathan O’Brien TD21 May, 2019

KPMG and PwC paid €14 million since 2015 for Government’s flawed broadband plan – Jonathan O’Brien TD15 May, 2019

Officials warn Government may cut €1.5 billion from other capital projects because of Broadband fiasco – O’Brien9 May, 2019

National Broadband Plan another procurement disaster for DPER & Minister Donohoe – Jonathan O’Brien TD8 May, 2019

Two-Tier Pay in Public Service must be reversed by end of current pay deal – Jonathan O’Brien TD23 April, 2019

Minister for Health must remove Children’s Hospital Development Board members to strengthen it – Jonathan O’Brien TD18 April, 2019

PwC Report into National Children’s Hospital must be published without delay – Jonathan O’Brien TD9 April, 2019

Rainy Day Fund for the Banks must be radically changed or swiftly rejected by the Dáil – Jonathan O’Brien TD26 March, 2019

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

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