Stephen Donnelly

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Stephen Donnelly
Stephen Donnelly 2016.jpg
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2011
Constituency Wicklow
Leader of the Social Democrats
with Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall
In office
15 July 2015 – 5 September 2016
Personal details
Born (1975-12-14) 14 December 1975 (age 41)
Delgany, Wicklow, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil[1]
Other political
Social Democrats (2015–16) Independent (2011-15, 2016-Feb 17)
Spouse(s) Susan Leavy [2]
Children 3
Alma mater

Stephen Donnelly (born 14 December 1975) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. Since the 2011 general election he has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Wicklow constituency.[3] At first an independent, he became co-founder and joint leader of the Social Democrats, and stood successfully for that party at the 2016 general election. He left the Social Democrats on 5 September 2016,[4] and acted as an independent prior to joining Fianna Fáil in February 2017.[1]

Personal life and career[edit]

Donnelly is a graduate of University College Dublin (UCD) with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also worked and studied in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2000, Donnelly moved to London where he worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.

In 2008, he completed a master's degree in Public Administration in International Development in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.[5] He returned to work for McKinsey and Company in Dublin before deciding to run for office in 2011.

Donnelly lives in Greystones, County Wicklow with his wife and three sons.

Political career[edit]

Donnelly is a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform and part of the Irish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

In October 2012, he addressed Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, in Dáil Éireann on behalf of the technical group, saying: "€67 billion is being borrowed from the troika, virtually all of which is going into the banks and almost the same amount is being given by the banks to the senior bondholders in terms of forgone losses. This is what has happened: there has been a €67 billion circle of money from the troika through Ireland to the international banks and investors… I thank Mr. Schulz for his support and I hope he will be able to bring this simple message back: Ireland did not get a bailout and Ireland is not looking for aid or benevolence. We need our money back in order that we can contribute to the recovery of Europe."[6]

Miriam Lord of The Irish Times made Donnelly her 2012 Politician of the Year, owing to his contributions on the post-2008 Irish banking crisis.[7]

Social Democrats[edit]

On 15 July 2015, Donnelly launched the Social Democrats party, becoming co-leader along with former Labour Party TD Róisín Shortall and former independent TD Catherine Murphy.[8]

Donnelly left the party on 5 September 2016, citing difficulty in working with his two co-leaders.[4]

Fianna Fáil[edit]

In 2014 Donnelly described Fianna Fáil as being part of a culture of "jobs for the boys, bonuses for the boys, lack of accountability and two fingers to the Dáil".[9] In February 2017, Donnelly announced that he was joining Fianna Fáil.[10] Upon joining, Donnelly said that he believed Fianna Fáil to be "the best team that most closely align with my politics who I believe are taking these challenges very seriously". He has since been appointed party spokesperson for Brexit.[11]


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Preceded by
Joe Behan
Teachta Dála for Wicklow