Kieran O'Donnell

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Kieran O'Donnell
Kieran O'Donnell (cropped).jpg
Assumed office
27 April 2016
Constituency Cultural and Educational Panel
Teachta Dála
In office
February 2011 – February 2016
Constituency Limerick City
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2007 – February 2011
Constituency Limerick East
Personal details
Born (1963-05-08) 8 May 1963 (age 55)
Limerick, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Phil O'Donnell (m. 1993)
Relations Tom O'Donnell (Uncle)
Children 4
Alma mater University of Limerick

Kieran O'Donnell (born 8 May 1963) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as a Senator for the Cultural and Educational Panel since April 2016. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Limerick City constituency from 2011 to 2016. He sat as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Limerick East constituency from 2007 to 2011.[1]

Before becoming a full-time public representative, O'Donnell worked as an accountant. He is a nephew of Tom O'Donnell, a former Minister and TD for Limerick East.

O'Donnell was an unsuccessful candidate at the 2002 Seanad election. He was elected on his first attempt to Limerick County Council for the Castleconnell electoral area in 2004.[2] He was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2007 general election.

In October 2007, O'Donnell was appointed party Deputy Spokesperson on Finance, with special responsibility for Freedom of Information, Procurement Reform and the Office of Public Works. As Deputy Spokesperson, O'Donnell was given the full Finance portfolio on an acting basis by Enda Kenny on 14 June 2010, when Kenny sacked Richard Bruton.[3] O'Donnell subsequently supported Richard Bruton's leadership challenge to Enda Kenny. Following Kenny's victory in a motion of confidence, O'Donnell was not appointed to the front bench. In October 2010, he was appointed as party Deputy Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, with special responsibility for Enterprise and Employment.

He lost his Dáil seat at the 2016 general election.[2] He was subsequently elected to the Seanad for the Cultural and Educational Panel.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mr. Kieran O'Donnell". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 17 April 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Kieran O'Donnell". Retrieved 17 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Richard Bruton sacked as FG deputy leader". RTÉ News. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 

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Preceded by
Tim O'Malley
(Progressive Democrats)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Limerick East
Constituency abolished
New constituency Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Limerick City
Succeeded by
Maurice Quinlivan
(Sinn Féin)