Darragh O'Brien

Darragh O'Brien (born 8 July 1974) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Fingal constituency since 2016, and previously from 2007 to 2011 for the Dublin North constituency. He previously served as Leader of Fianna Fáil in the Seanad from 2011 to 2016. He served as a Senator for the Labour Panel from 2011 to 2016.[1]

Darragh O'Brien

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Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
ConstituencyDublin Fingal
In office
May 2007 – February 2011
ConstituencyDublin North
Leader of Fianna Fáil in the Seanad
In office
30 April 2011 – 26 February 2016
LeaderMicheál Martin
Preceded byDonie Cassidy
Succeeded byCatherine Ardagh
In office
24 April 2011 – 26 February 2016
ConstituencyLabour Panel
In office
1 March 2011 – 24 April 2011
ConstituencyNominated by the Taoiseach
Personal details
Born (1974-07-08) 8 July 1974 (age 45)
Malahide, County Dublin, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Susan Maxwell
Alma materInstitute of Technology, Carlow

Before entering politics he worked in the Financial Services sectors for 15 years.

He was co-opted to take a seat on Fingal County Council in March 2004. He was then elected to the council in June 2004. He was born and raised in Malahide, where he is an active member of St. Sylvesters GAA club, Malahide United F.C. and Malahide Rugby Club. He lives in Malahide with his wife and daughter.

O'Brien was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2007 general election.[2] He was Vice-Chair of Public Accounts committee, Convenor on Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs during the 30th Dáil. He was also a member of Select Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights.

O'Brien was appointed to the Fianna Fáil frontbench as Spokesperson for Sport in January 2011.

He lost his seat in the 2011 general election, being deemed not elected on the 7th and final count.[3] He was nominated by the Taoiseach Brian Cowen to the 23rd Seanad on 3 March 2011.[4] He was elected to the 25th Seanad as a Senator for the Labour Panel in April 2011.

He was the Fianna Fáil Seanad leader and Spokesperson on Finance from 2011 to 2016. He was the Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government.


  1. ^ "Darragh O'Brien". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 14 April 2009.
  2. ^ "Darragh O'Brien". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 14 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Dublin North Results". RTÉ News. 28 February 2011. Archived from the original on 28 February 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  4. ^ "47 candidates for University Seanad seats". RTÉ News. 3 March 2011.

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