Mary Ann O'Brien

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Mary Ann O'Brien
Assumed office
May 2011
Constituency Nominated by the Taoiseach
Personal details
Born (1960-09-08) 8 September 1960 (age 54)
County Waterford, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Renua Ireland (since March 2015)
Other political
Spouse(s) Jonathan Irwin (since 1991)
Children Three sons (two deceased); two daughters

Mary Ann O'Brien (born 8 September 1960) is an Irish businesswoman and politician.[1] She is the founder and chairman of Lily O'Brien's Chocolates[2] and in 1997, she founded the Jack and Jill Foundation with her husband Jonathan Irwin, to provide home health care to severely sick babies. It was set up as a direct response to the their experience of caring at home for their son Jack, born with severe brain damage in 1996.

In May 2011, she was nominated by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the 24th Seanad.[3][4]

She joined Renua Ireland on its foundation in March 2015.


  1. ^ "Ms. Mary Ann O'Brien". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "About us". Lily O'Brien's. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Edwards, Elaine (20 May 2011). "McAleese appointed to Seanad". The Irish Times. 
  4. ^ "Mary Ann O'Brien". Retrieved 20 November 2011.