Noel O'Flynn

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Noel O'Flynn
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1997 – February 2011
Constituency Cork North–Central
Personal details
Born (1951-12-01) 1 December 1951 (age 65)
Blackpool, County Cork
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Frances O'Keeffe
Children 3 sons
Alma mater Regional Technical College, Cork
Website Official website

Noel O'Flynn (born 1 December 1951) is a former Irish politician. A member of Fianna Fáil, he was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork North–Central constituency from 1997 to 2011.[1]

Personal life[edit]

O'Flynn was educated at Regional Technical College, Cork. He is married to Frances O'Keeffe and they have three sons, including Kenneth O'Flynn who was co-opted onto Cork City Council in December 2008, and was re-elected in June 2009. Another son, Gary, who was a Cork City Councillor from 2003 to 2008, was convicted in 2012 of being drunk and a danger.


He was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1997 general election. He was re-elected, topping the poll, at the 2002 general election, and retained his seat at the 2007 general election.[2]

Before the 2002 general election, O'Flynn stated that "some asylum-seekers in Cork were spongers, freeloaders and conmen".[3][4]

He was Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Communications Marine and Natural Resources from 2002–2007. He was also a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committees on European Scrutiny and on Foreign Affairs.

O'Flynn served on Cork City Council from 1991 to 2003 having been re-elected in 1991 and 1999 in the North–Central electoral area. He resigned his seat in July 2003 because of the dual mandate rules which prohibit members of the Oireachtas from sitting on a local authority. The seat was filled by the co-option of his son Gary O'Flynn.

In January 2011, he announced that he would not contest the 2011 general election. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin had asked O'Flynn not to run for the sake of the party as he believed there would only be one seat for Fianna Fáil in the constituency.[5]


  1. ^ "Mr. Noel O'Flynn". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Noel O'Flynn". Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Ghosts of Fianna Fáil past return to give Martin a fright ahead of ard fheis
  4. ^ "O'Flynn is with FF on immigration". The Sunday Business Post. 28 April 2002. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Noel O'Flynn not running in General Election". RTÉ News. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 

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Preceded by
Kathleen Lynch
(Democratic Left)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Cork North–Central
Succeeded by
Jonathan O'Brien
(Sinn Féin)