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

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Serving South Kildare

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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

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

Loss of Red Kettle Theatre Company very disappointing – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts and Culture Seán Ó Fearghaíl has expressed his disappointment at the liquidation of Waterford’s Red Kettle Theatre Company. Read More | Share

FF calls for proactive engagement with Lebanese Govt on Bazzi deportation from US

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Defence Seán Ó Fearghaíl is urging the Government to make contact with the Lebanese authorities at an early stage following the decision in the US to deport Mahmoud Bazzi, the alleged perpetrator of the murder of two Irish soldiers in the Lebanon in 1980. Read More | Share

Is Garth Brooks Fiasco Symptomatic of Dysfunctional Planning System? – Ó Fearghaíl

In a statement this week Kildare South Fianna Fáil TD Seán Ó Fearghaíl has said that the country should take the opportunity presented by the Garth Brooks controversy to look in detail at our planning system to examine whether the system currently in place actually serves the public interest. Read More | Share

Report needed on 83 Children Being Admitted to Adult Mental Health Services

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Joint Statement from FF Chairman Brendan Smith and Whip Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Joint Statement from Fianna Fáil Chairman Brendan Smith and Chief Whip Seán Ó Fearghaíl Read More | Share

Just Deleting 77,000 Names from Social Housing List Does Not Address Housing Crisis –FF

Moving people in receipt of new HAP off housing list not the answer Read More | Share

Government sleight of hand on housing figures will not wash with public – FF

Fianna Fáil Whip Seán Ó Fearghaíl has accused the Government of trying to mask the scale of the housing crisis and ‘disappear’ 77,000 people from the waiting list. Read More | Share

Ó Fearghaíl accuses Irish Water of timewasting exercise

Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare South Seán Ó Fearghaíl is accusing Irish Water of a timewasting exercise after it was revealed the super quango wants to re-evaluate the Kildare Town waste water project, despite the fact that it has already been through a planning and tendering process. 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.