Fiona O'Malley

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Fiona O'Malley
In office
August 2007 – April 2011
Constituency Nominated by the Taoiseach
Teachta Dála
In office
June 2002 – June 2007
Constituency Dún Laoghaire
Personal details
Born (1968-01-19) 19 January 1968 (age 49)
Political party Independent (2009–11)
Other political
Progressive Democrats (until 2009)
Website Trinity College, Dublin,
City University London

Fiona O'Malley (born 19 January 1968) is a former Irish politician.[1] She was a Progressive Democrats Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dún Laoghaire constituency from 2002 until 2007, and was a member of Seanad Éireann from 2007 to 2011.[2]


O'Malley comes from a political family. Her father, Desmond O'Malley, was a former Fianna Fáil cabinet minister and founder of the Progressive Democrats party. Her granduncle Donogh O'Malley, was a Fianna Fáil minister in the 1960s. She is also a cousin of another former Progressive Democrats TD, Tim O'Malley.

A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and City University London, she worked as an Arts Administrator before entering politics and as a Personal assistant to Liz O'Donnell from 1998 to 2000.[3] Her first political position was as elected member of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council from 1999. She was elected to Dáil Éireann for the Dún Laoghaire constituency at the 2002 general election. She resigned her council seat in 2003 when the dual mandate was no longer allowed.[4]

She was a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Sports and Tourism and the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children. She was also a member of the Dáil All-Party group concerned with matters of sexual and reproductive health. She has travelled to South America and South Africa with the United Nations Population Fund and has spoken extensively of the need for a clear safe sex message both in Ireland and in the developing world.

She lost her Dáil seat at the 2007 general election, but was nominated by the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern to the Seanad in August 2007. She was narrowly defeated in the race to become the leader of the Progressive Democrats by Ciarán Cannon.

She was an Independent politician from the dissolution of the Progressive Democrats in 2009.[1] She was an independent candidate at the 2011 Seanad election for the University of Dublin constituency but was not elected.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "€2.5bn for NAMA professional fees criticised". RTÉ News. 9 November 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Ms. Fiona O'Malley". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Fiona O'Malley". Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Fiona O'Malley". Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
Preceded by
Seán Barrett
(Fine Gael)
Progressive Democrats Teachta Dála for Dún Laoghaire
Succeeded by
Seán Barrett
(Fine Gael)