Réada Cronin

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Réada Cronin
Réada Cronin, 2016.jpg
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2020
ConstituencyKildare North
Personal details
BornDublin, Ireland
Political partySinn Féin
SpouseDonal Quinn[1]
Constituency office, Naas

Réada Cronin is an Irish Sinn Féin politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Kildare North constituency since the 2020 general election.[2]

Political career[edit]

Cronin was a member of Kildare County Councillor for the Maynooth local electoral area from 2014 to 2019, until she lost her seat following the 2019 local elections. She had previously contested the 2016 general election, gaining three thousand first preferences but failed to get elected.[3] Cronin was elected as a Sinn Féin TD for the Kildare North constituency following the 2020 general election.[2]


Social media conduct[edit]

Immediately following his election as a TD in 2020, a number of controversies arose from Cronin's past. It emerged that in 2019, Cronin tweeted that "sinister" Mossad interference in the 2019 United Kingdom general election was responsible for the defeat of Jeremy Corbyn. Cronin added that Corbyn was a "principled man" victimized by "lies, deceit, fake news, and the sinister activities of the Mossad Service Service", and that the alleged Mossad actions were "blatant as f***." After being criticized by the Israeli embassy in Ireland for a "history of paranoid, hate-driven conspiracy theories," Cronin backtracked, calling her comments "throwaway remarks." Sinn Féin issued a statement stating that Cronin's remarks "do not represent the views of Sinn Fein".[4][5]

Older tweets surfaced in the following days where she claimed Israel had "taken Nazism to a new level", linked Hitler to the Rothschild family, compared a picture of monkeys working on computers to the Israeli Embassy and suggested Irish judges could be paedophiles and promoted conspiracy theories about the harmful effects of water fluoridation.[6][7] Her comments were condemned by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and by Maurice Cohen, chair of the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland who characterised them as "inaccurate, anti-Semitic and racist”.[8]

Breaking planning permission laws[edit]

Separate to her conduct on social media, it was also after her 2020 election that it came to light that Cronin and her husband Donal built a €1,000,000 home in Kildare in 2002 knowing that they did not have full planning permission to do so.[1] When Cronin and her partner were subsequently caught by Kildare County Council, they lobbied then Minister for Finance Charlie McCreevy to personally intervene, which he did do. Cronin issued a statement in which she declared "In relation to my former home, there was an issue in respect of planning and this matter was settled in court, with the consent of Kildare County Council. This dates back almost two decades and is a matter of public record. As a public representative, I will always answer for matters relevant to my role, but matters relating to my family and my personal life are not relevant to my role as a TD."[9]


  1. ^ a b "Sinn Féin TD Cronin claims planning issue around €1m house was settled in court". BreakingNews.ie. 23 February 2020. Archived from the original on 23 February 2020. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Réada Cronin". Oireachtas Members Database. Archived from the original on 15 February 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Kildare North Results 2016". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 15 March 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  4. ^ Tighe, Mark (16 February 2020). "Mossad ended Jeremy Corbyn campaign, tweets new Sinn Fein TD Réada Cronin". The Times of London. Archived from the original on 18 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  5. ^ Rhea, Karys (17 February 2020). "Irish MP Blames Mossad 'Interference' for Corbyn's Defeat in UK General Elections". The Algemeiner. Archived from the original on 18 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  6. ^ McCárthaigh, Sean. "New Sinn Féin TD apologises for 'glib, off-the-cuff tweets'". Irish Times. Archived from the original on 19 February 2020. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  7. ^ Reporter, Jewish News. "Sinn Fein politician won't face suspension over antisemitic comments". jewishnews.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 4 December 2021.
  8. ^ McGrath, Dominic. "'Inaccurate, anti-Semitic and racist': Jewish Council condemns newly-elected Sinn Féin TD's 'offensive' tweets". Journal.ie. Archived from the original on 19 February 2020. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  9. ^ O'Farrell, Michael (23 February 2020). "New Sinn Fein TD sought Fianna Fail minister's help after building €1m home without planning permission". Extra.ie. Retrieved 17 January 2023.