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

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

FF calls for swift appointment of new Minister for Defence

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Defence Seán Ó Fearghaíl has called on the Taoiseach to move quickly to appoint a new Minister for Defence. Read More | Share

O Fearghaíl demands debate on Guerin report next week

Fianna Fáil Party Whip Sean O Fearghaíl has written to the Government Whip demanding a Dáil debate on the Guerin report next week. The report, published today, fully vindicated Garda Whistleblower Maurice McCabe and was highly critical of former Justice Minister Alan Shatter’s handling of the crisis. Read More | Share

FF welcomes separation of Defence & Justice at Cabinet

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Defence Seán Ó Fearghaíl has welcomed the decision to separate Cabinet responsibility for the Departments of Defence and Justice. Fianna Fáil has consistently called for the two departments to be separated and reiterated that call in the party’s submission for the White Paper on Defence. Read More | Share

Government refusal to review Guidance Counsellor cut will have significant impact – FF

Fianna Fáil Whip Seán Ó Fearghaíl has accused the Government of engaging in false economy savings by cutting guidance counsellors for second-level students. 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.