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Kathleen Funchion - Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs

Kathleen Funchion is your Sinn Féin TD for Carlow and Kilkenny since 2016 and Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs.

She currently sits on the Oireachtas Children and Youth Affairs Committee. 

Previous roles during her time working as a TD in Leinster House since 2016 have been Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Education and Skills and Chairperson for the Oireachtas Committee on the Good Friday Agreement.

Kathleen was elected to Kilkenny Borough Council in 2009 - the first Sinn Féin representative to be elected in Kilkenny since 1923. 

She holds a postgraduate qualification in employment law and was employed as a workers’ rights advocate in her previous role prior to entering politics. She lives in Kilkenny with her two young sons.

Carlow Office: 

Church Road


Co Carlow

Mobile: 087 3281568

Drop-in clinics: Mondays 2.30pm to 4pm

Kilkenny Office:

22 Upper Patrick Street


Mobile: 0567764730

Drop-in clinics: Mondays 10.30am to 12.30pm

Statements (203)

Sinn Féin will prioritise a National Autism Strategy in next Dail – Kathleen Funchion TD2 February, 2020

Decision to cut childcare services funding for Day of Action 'outrageous' - Kathleen Funchion29 January, 2020

Kathleen Funchion TD supports Early Years February 5th Day of Action13 January, 2020

Minister backing of Sinn Féin childcare crisis proposal ‘welcomed’ – Kathleen Funchion TD19 December, 2019

Short-term emergency fund needed to cover creche insurance crisis – Kathleen Funchion TD18 December, 2019

Continued media exposure of creche discrepancies very worrying for working families – Kathleen Funchion TD17 December, 2019

All young children living in homelessness must be provided fulltime Childcare immediately – Kathleen Funchion TD13 December, 2019

Closure notice for sub-standard Hyde and Seek Crèches welcome - Kathleen Funchion TD28 November, 2019

Taoiseach must clarify "underclasses" remark from party colleague - Kathleen Funchion TD6 November, 2019

Tusla’s new CEO must address toxic culture of defensiveness and lack of accountability within Child and Family agency – Kathleen Funchion TD6 November, 2019

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