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Senator Denis O’Donovan, Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Equality & Defence

Denis O’Donovan

A strong voice for the people of Cork South West

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Constituency

Cork South West

Contact

Denis O'Donovan, Solicitors Office, The Quays, Bantry, Co. Cork

Mobile: 087 254 3806
Tel: 027 50808

Oireachtas Tel: 01 618 3079

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Personal Details

Born Bantry July 1955. Youngest in a family of 11 children.

Graduated from University College Cork in Law (Hons) in 1975.

Current Member of the Joint Oireachtas Committees on Communications, Marine & Natural Resources and Justice, Equality, Defence & Women's Rights.

Local News

Minister abandons poorer farmers in cuts to Single Farm Payment

Fianna Fáil Cork South West Senator Denis O’Donovan says the Minster for Agriculture Simon Coveney has abandoned farmers in West Cork in relation to savage cuts in the Single Farm Payment. Read More | Share

White Fish Quota Needs to be Extended to Save Industry - O’Donovan

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan has called on Minister Simon Coveney to urgently address the extremely low Irish white fish quota which he says is penalising fishermen all over the south. Read More | Share

Minister must explain huge refusal rates for Carer’s Allowance – O’Donovan

Fianna Fáil Cork South West Senator Denis O’Donovan, has called on Minister Joan Burton to explain why over 60% of applications for the Carer’s Allowance were refused last year. Read More | Share

O’Donovan condemns removal of Ballinspittle bus service

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan has condemned the sudden withdrawal of the bus service between Ballinspittle and Garretstown. Read More | Share

Personal location beacons should be compulsory for marine industry – O’Donovan

Fianna Fáil Senator, Denis O’Donovan, has called on the Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney, to immediately provide grant funding for personal location beacons which help trace fisherman lost at sea. Read More | Share

FF to host public meetings on new fisheries legislation next week

Cork South West Senator Denis O’Donovan will hold a series of meetings throughout West Cork next week to gauge the opinion of fishermen on Fianna Fáil’s recently launched Bill which seeks to de-criminalise minor fishery offences. Read More | Share

O’Donovan welcomes Castledonovan Castle completion

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan has welcomed confirmation that Castledonovan Castle near Drimoleague will open this summer after a protracted refurbishment project. Read More | Share

O’Donovan criticises Minister’s lack of urgency over fodder crisis

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan has heavily criticised the Minister for Agriculture for his lack of action on the fodder crisis which he says is deepening by the day. Read More | Share

O’Donovan calls for Carbon Tax introduction to be deferred

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan says the introduction of the Carbon Tax at the start of May will cause undue hardship to thousands of elderly and vulnerable people as they struggle to cope financially with the exceptionally cold temperatures over the past couple of months. Read More | Share

O’Donovan slams Minister over Summercove National School Decision

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan has slammed the Education Minister for removing Summercove National School from the priority list for a new school building despite the fact it has been on this list for 12 years. Read More | Share

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Political Record

Senator Denis O'Donovan is a full time Politician.. He was born on the peninsula of Muintir Bháire in 1955.  He was elected to Dáil Éireann in 2002 until 2007 when he lost his seat but was elected to Seanad Éireann.

He was a member of Cork County Council for many years. He is a strong voice for West Cork on many issues and was voted Backbencher of the Year in 2004 by the Media.

In 2002 he was Chairperson of the All-Party Committee on The Constitution which published two very significant reports, one on "Property" and the second on "The Family".  

Elected to Seanad Eireann on the Industrial & Commercial Panel, July 2007. Spokesperson on Justice, Equality & Law Reform. Member of All-Party Committee on Constitution and Deputy Leader of Fianna Fail Group in the Seanad.

Re-Elected to Seanad Éireann on the Agricultural Panel in April 2011.

Biography

Re-Elected to Seanad Éireann on the Agricultural Panel in April 2011.

Elected to Seanad Eireann on the Industrial & Commercial Panel, July 2007. Spokesperson on Justice, Equality & Law Reform. Member of All-Party Committee on Constitution and Deputy Leader of Fianna Fail Group in the Seanad.

First Nominated to Seanad Éireann 1989. Former Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Law Reform 1989-93, 1997-2002. Elected to Dáil Éireann May 2002.

Appointed to the All-Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution and the All-Party Committee on Justice, Equality, Law Reform and Women's Rights.

Member of the Abbeylara Enquiry.

Member of Cork County Council since 1985.

Elected as youngest ever Chairman in 1989.