Michael Moynihan (Cork politician)

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Michael Moynihan
Opposition Chief Whip
Assumed office
April 2016
Leader Micheál Martin
Preceded by Seán Ó Fearghaíl
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
June 1997
Constituency Cork North–West
Personal details
Born (1968-01-12) 12 January 1968 (age 48)
Mallow, Cork, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Bríd O'Sullivan
Website www.michaelmoynihantd.ie

Michael Moynihan (born 12 January 1968) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork North–West constituency since 1997.[1]

Moynihan was born in Kiskeam, County Cork in 1968. He was educated locally at Boherbue Comprehensive School which is located in the village of Boherbue, five miles from Kiskeam.

A dairy farmer by profession, he first became involved in national politics in 1997 when he was elected at the 1997 general election to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil TD.[2] Moynihan's election caused somewhat of a shock because he succeeded in unseating sitting Fine Gael TD Frank Crowley, in what had been one of Fine Gael's strongest constituencies where they had held more seats than Fianna Fáil. At the 1997 election another candidate, Donal Howard, gained votes in the Kanturk, Banteer, and Kilcorney areas of the constituency; this reduced the share of votes obtained by Frank Crowley, and contributed to his loss of his seat.

Moynihan was chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Science from 2004 to 2007. He served as chairman of Ógra Fianna Fáil, the youth wing of the party, until 2005. He topped the poll at the 2002 general election and was re-elected at the 2007 and 2011 general elections.

He was the Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture and Food from April 2011 to July 2012. In July 2012 he was appointed as party spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.


  1. ^ "Mr. Michael Moynihan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Michael Moynihan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 

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Preceded by
Frank Crowley
(Fine Gael)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Cork North–West