Eoin Ó Broin

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Eoin Ó Broin

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Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
ConstituencyDublin Mid-West
Personal details
Born (1972-09-11) 11 September 1972 (age 46)
Cabinteely, Dublin, Ireland
Political partySinn Féin
Spouse(s)Lynn Boylan (m. 2008)[1]
EducationBlackrock College
Alma mater

Eoin Ó Broin ([ˈoːnʲ oː ˈbˠɾˠɪnʲ]; born 1972) is an Irish Sinn Féin politician, and writer. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for Dublin Mid-West constituency since the 2016 general election.

Ó Broin is from Cabinteely near Dún Laoghaire in County Dublin, and was educated in Blackrock College. He holds a degree in Cultural Studies from the University of East London and an MA in Irish Politics from Queens University Belfast. Ó Broin was elected to Belfast City Council in 2001,[2] stepping down in 2004. He was the National Organiser of Ógra Shinn Féin between 1995 and 1997. He was Sinn Féin's Director of European Affairs co-ordinating his party's team in the European Parliament in Brussels, from 2004 to 2007. He is a former member of Sinn Féin's governing body[3][4] and a regular columnist with the republican newspaper An Phoblacht.[5]

He campaigned against the Lisbon Treaty and spoke at the National Forum on Europe on behalf of Sinn Féin and the No 2 Lisbon campaign.[6]

He is also a published writer. His first book, Matxinada - Basque Nationalism and Radical Basque Youth Movements was published in English in 2004 and in Spanish in 2005. His second book, Sinn Féin and the Politics of Left Republicanism was published by Pluto Press in 2009 and the launch was held in Pearse Street Public Library on 16 February 2009.[7] Ó Broin is also the editor of Left Republican Review. As a freelance writer he has articles published in An Phoblacht, Magill, Village Magazine and The Irish Times.[8]

He was an unsuccessful Sinn Féin candidate for the Dún Laoghaire constituency in the 2007 general election[9] in the Republic of Ireland. He ran for Dublin Mid-West at the 2011 general election. He polled 5,060 votes being beaten to the last seat in the constituency by Derek Keating of Fine Gael. He subsequently declared his intention to run for the Irish Senate, and was defeated in his election campaign. In 2013 Eoin was co-opted by Sinn Féin onto South Dublin County Council to represent Clondalkin after sitting councillor Matthew McDonagh resigned his seat.[10] In the February 2016 general election, he topped the poll in the Dublin Mid-West constituency and was elected.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Ó Broin is the partner of Lynn Boylan, the Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin since 2014.[1]


  1. ^ a b Holland, Kitty (27 February 2016). "Profile: Eoin Ó Broin (SF)". Irish Times. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Belfast City Council, 1993 - 2011". ark.ac.uk.
  3. ^ "Irish News". irishnews.com. Archived from the original on 8 July 2015.
  4. ^ "News - An Phoblacht". anphoblacht.com.
  5. ^ "In defence of populism – Eoin Ó Broin answers 'Sunday Business Post' - An Phoblacht". www.anphoblacht.com.
  6. ^ Treaty of Lisbon changes to the EU institutions - Good or bad for small Member States?[permanent dead link] National Forum on Europe website
  7. ^ "Sinn Féin and the politics of Left Republicanism, Eoin Ó Broin, Book Launch February 16th". The Cedar Lounge Revolution.
  8. ^ SF must ask why it failed to 'close deal' with voters by Eoin Ó Broin, The Irish Times, 16 June 2009.
  9. ^ "ElectionsIreland.org: 30th Dail - Dun Laoghaire First Preference Votes". electionsireland.org.
  10. ^ "Eoin Ó Broin co-opted onto South Dublin County Council". sinnfein.ie.
  11. ^ "Constituency: Dublin Mid-West". Irish Independent. 2016-02-27.
Preceded by
Robert Dowds
Frances Fitzgerald
Derek Keating
Joanna Tuffy
Teachta Dála for Dublin Mid-West
With: John Curran
Frances Fitzgerald
Gino Kenny