Joe O'Reilly (born 1 April 1955) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as a Senator for the Labour Panel since April 2016. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cavan–Monaghan constituency from 2011 to 2016.
|Assumed office |
26 April 2016
14 July 2007 – 26 February 2011
|Constituency||Industrial and Commercial Panel|
12 October 1989 – 17 December 1992
|Constituency||Cultural and Educational Panel|
February 2011 – February 2016
Joseph Patrick O'Reilly
1 April 1955
Cootehill, County Cavan, Ireland
|Political party||Fine Gael|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Tully (m. 1989)|
Early and personal lifeEdit
Born in Cootehill, County Cavan, he was educated at St Patrick's College, Cavan; St. Aidan's Comprehensive School, Cootehill; University College Dublin; Trinity College Dublin; St Patrick's College, Dublin and the Dublin Institute of Technology. O'Reilly is a primary schoolteacher by profession.
He was an unsuccessful candidate at the 2007 general election for the Cavan–Monaghan constituency, but was elected at the general election in February 2011. He lost this Dáil seat at the 2016 general election.
As a Senator, he was first elected in 1989 to the 19th Seanad, on the Cultural and Educational Panel. He lost his seat at the 1993 Seanad elections, and was unsuccessful again at the 1997 Seanad election. He was elected to the 23rd Seanad in 2007, serving on the Industrial and Commercial Panel and as Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. O'Reilly was elected to the Labour Panel of the 25th Seanad in April 2016.
He is the Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade.
In 2017, Fine Gael announced that they were planning a bill to allow pubs to open on Good Friday, reversing a 90-year-old ban. O'Reilly went against his party's view and said that the tradition was "part of our national identity".
- "Joe O'Reilly". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 18 February 2008.
- "Joe O'Reilly". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 18 February 2008.
- "Clear-out of Seanad 'old guard' a blow to Enda Kenny". Irish Examiner. 28 April 2016.
- "'It's part of our national identity' - FG Senator breaks ranks over Good Friday Alcohol Bill". Irish Independent. Retrieved 12 April 2017.