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

FF proposes Army Unit to prevent cyber-attacks

Fianna Fáil has proposed the establishment of a specialised unit within the Army to prevent cyber-attacks targeting Ireland. Read More | Share

Urgent need for reform at Red Cross – Ó Fearghaíl

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Defence Seán Ó Fearghaíl has called on the Government to expedite legislation to reform the governance structures at the Irish Red Cross. Read More | Share

Ó Fearghaíl calls for Govt intervention in Dunnes Stores dispute

Kildare South Fianna Fáil TD Seán Ó Fearghaíl has called on the Taoiseach and the Minister for Jobs to explain what action is being taken to address the crisis at Dunnes Stores. Read More | Share

Defence Forces must Develop Cyber Defence Team to Protect Irish Economy – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Defence, Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD has called on the Government to provide the necessary resources and legislative support to allow the Defence Forces develop a specialised unit to defend against the possibility of a cyber-attack on Government related services or multinational companies assets in Ireland. The call comes following the recent hacking of the US Central Command’s Twitter account and the bomb threat which stopped production in Intel in January. Read More | Share

FF welcomes progress on 21 year rule dispute for Defence

Fianna Fáil Party Whip and Spokesperson on Defence Seán Ó Fearghaíl has welcomed the progress made in resolving the dispute over the 21 year service rule for rank and file members of the Defence Forces. Deputy Ó Fearghaíl said that the plan to extend the rule by a further four years is a step in the right direction but that more work is needed to resolve the dispute. The plan requires the approval of Minister's Coveney & Howlin. The Fianna Fáil Spokesperon made the comments after raising the matter with Minister Coveney in the Dáil earlier today. Read More | Share

Questions regarding POD remain outstanding – Ó Fearghaíl

Fianna Fáil Party Whip Seán Ó Fearghaíl has said that questions remain to be answered regarding the ‘Primary Online Database’ (POD) currently being rolled out across all primary schools. Read More | Share

Istanbul Convention must be signed without delay – Ó Fearghaíl

Fianna Fáil Party Whip Seán Ó Fearghaíl has called on the government to sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention aimed at combating violence against women. Deputy Ó Fearghaíl made the comments after raising the matter in the Dáil with the Tánaiste. Read More | Share

FF Calls for Independence, Space and Sustainable Funding for the Arts

Fianna Fáil has launched a new policy document on the Arts, entitled "Arts for All". The policy will seek to give the independence and space to the arts community to flourish without political interference. It also states that funding to the arts will be put on a sustainable footing with multi-annual funding and a commitment not to reduce the arts budget if the Party returns to Government. Read More | Share

FF calls on Ceann Comhairle to clarify his position

Fianna Fáil Party Whip Seán Ó Fearghaíl has called on Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett to clarify whether he intends to resign his position before the end of this Dáil term. It follows ongoing speculation and media reports that he may step aside before the General Election. Read More | Share

FF Requests Dáil Statements on Paris Tragedy

Fianna Fáil Party Whip Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD has written to the Government asking that time be made available this week in the Dáil for cross party statements on the terrorist outrages in Paris last week. 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.