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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 (499)

Jonathan O'Brien TD to replace Mary Lou McDonald on Public Accounts Committee23 February, 2018

O'Brien raises topical issue on Cork hospital nursing shortages31 January, 2018

Sinn Féin welcomes the launch of the Oireachtas Committee report on the 8th Amendment.20 December, 2017

Sinn Féin welcomes outcome of Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth amendment13 December, 2017

8th Amendment Committee makes first steps towards Repeal18 October, 2017

Jobstown Trial raises serious questions – Jonathan O’Brien TD30 June, 2017

Judicial Appointments Commission Bill ‘flawed, but a move forward’ – O’Brien27 June, 2017

Fianna Fáil cannot be trusted to ensure Fine Gael do the right thing - Jonathan O’Brien TD21 June, 2017

Sinn Féin calls for comprehensive review of emergency legislation20 June, 2017

Sinn Féin calls for right to work and an end to direct provision on World Refugee Day20 June, 2017

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