Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Whip; Spokesperson on Constitutional Reform; Arts & Culture; Defence

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

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Personal Details

Sean was born in 1960 and is a member of a long established farming family. He is married to Mary Clare Meaney and they have three daughters and one son. After attending the De La Salle primary School and St. Joseph’s Academy Kildare, he worked for a time for Dublin Corporation. Joined the Fianna Fáil Party in 1979 after he had returned to full time farming.

Local News

FF concerned by funding crisis at National Museum of Ireland

Fianna Fáil Party Whip and Spokesperson on Arts and Culture Seán Ó Fearghaíl has said he is very concerned by the budget crisis at the National Museum of Ireland. Read More | Share

Ó Fearghaíl calls for Public Consultation on future use of Newbridge Credit Union building

Fianna Fáil TD for South Kildare Seán Ó Fearghaíl has called on Minister Simon Harris to outline plans for the future use of the Newbridge Credit Union building. Read More | Share

FF rejects Sinn Fein Dáil farce

Fianna Fáil Party Whip Seán Ó Fearghaíl has condemned Sinn Fein members' sit-in in the Dáil chamber. The Dáil was suspended for almost four hours after Mary Lou McDonald refused to leave the Chamber, despite a motion to have her ejected being carried. It has now been closed until next Tuesday. Read More | Share

Minister must come clean on McNulty affair – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD says new information about the appointment of John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art raises further questions about the explanation given by Arts Minister Heather Humphries about his selection for the post. Read More | Share

Democracy Denied as all avenues for Dáil questions to Heather Humphreys closed down – FF

Fianna Fáil Chief Whip and Arts Spokesperson Seán Ó Fearghaíl has reacted with dismay to official confirmation that no questions to Heather Humphreys are to be facilitated in Dáil Éireann. Fianna Fáil has tried to secure Dáil time using a range of official procedures, all of which have now been rejected by the Office of the Ceann Comhairle. Read More | Share

Where is Heather Humphreys? – FF

Fianna Fáil Chief Whip and Arts Spokesperson Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD has called on Arts Minister Heather Humphreys to live up to her responsibilities as a Cabinet Minister and come forward to explain in full and take questions on the sequence of events leading up to the controversial appointment of FG Seanad candidate John McNulty on to the board of IMMA. Read More | Share

McNulty affair highlights Taoiseach’s disrespect for Arts sector - Ó Fearghaíl

Fianna Fáil Arts Spokesperson Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD says the Taoiseach’s handling of the John McNulty nomination process in the Seanad bye-election shows blatant disrespect for the board of the IMMA. The latest twist in the saga has seen Mr. McNulty formally requesting that Oireachtas members refrain from voting for him in the ballot. Read More | Share

FF Calls for Urgent Statement from Minister Heather Humphreys

Fianna Fáil Arts Spokesperson Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD has called on the Arts Minister Heather Humphreys to make a full statement explaining the circumstances surrounding the controversial appointment of Mr John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Read More | Share

Urgent Clarity Needed on Changed UN Mandate – FF

Fianna Fáil Defence Spokesperson Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD has called on Ministers Simon Coveney and Charlie Flanagan to provide clarity on what is being done to address the fact that Irish troops are now serving in a context and in a conflict that has changed utterly from when the Dáil discussed and agreed their deployment. Read More | Share

Withdraw Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from Fire Sale – Fianna Fáil

Fianna Fáil Arts Spokesperson Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD has added his voice to calls for the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre to be retained in public ownership. Deputy Ó Fearghaíl’s intervention comes as reports emerge that the key venue will be sold at a heavy discount on what was spent to develop the Daniel Libeskind designed facility. Read More | Share

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Political Record

Appointed Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Constitutional Reform; Arts and Culture, and Defence, July 2012

Fianna Fáil Whip and Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade.
First elected to Dail Eireann in 2002. Re-elected to Dáil Éireann in May 2007 and February 2011.
Member of the Oireachtas Committee on Education and Science
Member of the Oireachtas Committee on Constitutional Amendment on Children
Elected to Seanad Eireann on the Agricultural Panel in 2000
Elected to Kildare County Council in 1985
Member of a team working to deliver an amalgamated Community School for Kildare Town, which replaces the three individual second level schools, (St. Joseph's Academy, Presentation Convent Secondary School, the Kildare VEC School).
Founder member and current director of Voluntary Housing Associations throughout South Kildare and has seen over 200 homes built or at advance stage of planning.