Stephen Donnelly

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Stephen Donnelly
Stephen Donnelly Candidacy Poster.JPG
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2011
Constituency Wicklow
Personal details
Born 1975 (age 39–40)
Delgany, County Wicklow
Nationality Irish
Political party Independent
Alma mater University College Dublin
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Harvard University

Stephen Donnelly (born 1975) is an Irish independent politician.[1] He was elected as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Wicklow constituency at the 2011 general election.[2] He sits in the Dáil Éireann Technical group.

Personal life and career[edit]

Donnelly is a graduate of University College Dublin (UCD) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also worked and studied in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2000 Donnelly moved to London where he worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.

In 2008 he completed a Masters' degree in Public Administration in International Development in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.[3] He returned to work for McKinsey and Company in Dublin before deciding to run for office in 2011.

Donnelly lives in Greystones, County Wicklow with his wife and three sons.

Political career[edit]

Donnelly is a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform and part of the Irish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Since his election he has focused on education and economic issues such as the need to deleverage household debt, public sector and political reform, and Ireland’s Bailout Programme.

In October 2012, he addressed Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, in the Dáil on behalf of the technical group, saying: "€67 billion is being borrowed from the troika, virtually all of which is going into the banks and almost the same amount is being given by the banks to the senior bondholders in terms of forgone losses. This is what has happened: there has been a €67 billion circle of money from the troika through Ireland to the international banks and investors… I thank Mr. Schulz for his support and I hope he will be able to bring this simple message back: Ireland did not get a bailout and Ireland is not looking for aid or benevolence. We need our money back in order that we can contribute to the recovery of Europe."[4]

In Wicklow, Donnelly has been active on local issues such as the regeneration of Greystones Harbour, school overcrowding and long-term educational planning, supporting local businesses and community initiatives.

The Irish Times‍ '​s Miriam Lord recognised Donnelly as her 2012 Politician of the Year, due to his measured contributions on Ireland's financial crisis.[5]


  1. ^ "Mr. Stephen Donnelly". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Stephen Donnelly". Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "About Stephen". Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dáil debates". Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Lord, Miriam (22 December 2012). "My Christmas crackers and festive turkeys". Irish Times. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 

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Preceded by
Joe Behan
Independent Teachta Dála for Wicklow