Darragh O'Brien

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Darragh O'Brien
Opposition Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Trade
Assumed office
18 May 2016
Leader Micheál Martin
Preceded by Brendan Smith
Leader of the Opposition in the Seanad
In office
30 April 2011 – 26 February 2016
Leader Micheál Martin
Preceded by Frances Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Catherine Ardagh
Leader of Fianna Fáil in the Seanad
In office
30 April 2011 – 26 February 2016
Leader Micheál Martin
Preceded by Donnie Cassidy
Succeeded by Catherine Ardagh
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
Constituency Dublin Fingal
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2007 – February 2011
Constituency Dublin North
In office
24 April 2011 – 26 February 2016
Constituency Labour Panel
In office
1 March 2011 – 24 April 2011
Constituency Nominated by the Taoiseach
Personal details
Born (1974-07-08) 8 July 1974 (age 43)
Malahide, Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Susan Maxwell
Children 1
Alma mater Institute of Technology Carlow
Website www.darraghobrien.ie

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

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 Seanad on the Labour Panel in April 2011.

He was the Fianna Fáil Seanad leader and spokesperson on Finance. He is currently Fianna Fáil's Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade.


  1. ^ "Mr. 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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Preceded by
G. V. Wright
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Dublin North
Succeeded by
Brendan Ryan
(Labour Party)