AENGUS Ó SNODAIGH ( born 31 July 1964) is an Irish Sinn Féin
politician, author and historian and a
Teachta Dála (TD) for the
Dublin South-Central constituency, upon being elected at the 2002
general election .
* 1 Early and private life
* 2 Political career
* 2.1 Leinster House IRA spy ring
* 2.2 Support for Palestine and Nazi propaganda comments
* 2.3 Expenses controversy
* 2.4 Curran-Dempsey murder case
* 3 Published works
* 4 References
* 5 External links
EARLY AND PRIVATE LIFE
A Dubliner and
Irish language speaker, he attended school at Scoil
Coláiste Eoin , before studying at University College
Dublin (UCD). Ó Snodaigh joined
Sinn Féin while at university, where
he was active in student politics, in 1983. He completed a Bachelor of
Arts in History and Geography, and a Higher Diploma in Education.
Having secured his teaching qualifications, he went on to teach at
secondary level and as a literacy teacher in
Dublin 's inner city.
He is also the editor of Fealsúnacht, Feall agus Fuil which is a
collection of historical essays concentrating on the 1798 Rebellion
and several pamphlets on aspects of Irish republican history. He is a
member of the board of the Ireland Institute, aimed at promoting
Irish republicanism , culture and heritage which
restored the Pearse brothers birthplace and original family home at 27
Pearse Street , Dublin, and joint editor of the Institute's journal,
The Republic. Ó Snodaigh is the brother of the three Ó Snodaigh
brothers in the band
Kíla and is the son of the writer and publisher
Pádraig Ó Snodaigh and the sculptor Clioḋna Cussen from
County Limerick . He is married to Aisling Ní
Dhálaigh; they live in Bluebell with their three children. He also
worked as a journalist, book reviewer and proofreader for An Phoblacht
newspaper. In one incident a book-bomb was sent to the office by
Ulster loyalist paramilitaries and he carried the device outside the
building, where it exploded a short time later, injuring two soldiers.
In January 2005, Ó Snodaigh's wife Aisling Ní Dhalaigh was fined
€250 after being found guilty of a public order offence which
occurred at 3.10am on 27 May 2004.
Dublin District Court heard that
Aisling Ni Dalaigh threw a beer glass at a Garda car outside of a
nightclub following a
Sinn Féin function while Gardaí were rendering
assistance to a person in need of an ambulance. A barman identified Ni
Dhalaigh as the person who threw the glass and she was arrested at the
scene. She resisted arrest and became abusive towards Gardaí. Her
sister Niamh Ní Dhalaigh (who was also found guilty and fined €150
for the incident) was also arrested after threatening Gardaí that
"they would be in trouble" because Aisling Ni Dhalaigh was married to
a TD, and after Aisling Ni Dhalaigh had been arrested her sister Niamh
had attempted to open the door of a garda van she was placed in. Niamh
Ní Dalaigh called one of the Gardaí involved a "Free State bastard"
and a "fucking scumbag" and said he would lose his job because her
sister's husband was Aengus Ó Snodaigh. Both women denied being
drunk or abusive in court. Judge William Early said he "scarcely
believed a word" of evidence given by Aisling Ni Dhalaigh, who was
"the most culpable" person in the incident. Judge Early did not apply
the Probation Act because "people who invoke political parties and
other organisations to threaten gardai" do not deserve it.
In April 2014, one of Ó Snodaigh's sons was stabbed and seriously
injured during a late-night altercation with a fellow teenager in his
home. In the same month another one of his sons was reported missing,
but was later found unharmed.
He was first elected to
Dáil Éireann at the 2002 general election ,
having contested a Dáil election in 1987 in
Dublin South-East first
and a by-election in the
Dublin South-Central constituency in 1999.
Seven of Ó Snodaigh's election workers were jailed for IRA membership
He is currently the
Sinn Féin party whip in the Dáil and is
spokesperson on Social Protection. He was previously the Sinn Féin
representative on the
National Forum on Europe and the party's
spokesperson on the
Treaty of Nice
Treaty of Nice . He was a member of the Dáil
Committee on Procedures and Privileges and the Committee on European
Affairs in the
29th Dáil . He was re-elected at the 2007 general
election . He has been a member of the
Sinn Féin national executive,
the Ard Chomhairle, for many years, has been on the
of the party since 1985, and was part of the party's negotiations team
Northern Ireland peace process
Northern Ireland peace process .
LEINSTER HOUSE IRA SPY RING
In 2004, two
Sinn Féin election employees Niall Bennett and Keith
Donohoe - who worked in Ó Snodaigh's office - were convicted by the
Special Criminal Court
Special Criminal Court in
Dublin under the Offences against the State
Act for spying on high-profile opposition TDs and government
ministers. A Garda
Special Detective Unit counterintelligence
operation resulted in the arrest of Bennett and Donohoe, two of Ó
Snodaigh's staff, in October 2002 and during a search of Bennett's
home in Crumlin detectives recovered information on the movements of
the TDs and members of the Government after they left Leinster House
obtained by unlawful espionage. The documents contained details of the
movements of various politicians including places they frequented
after they finished work, and a list of criminals had been drawn up
for targeting by the
Provisional IRA for extortion. Bennett was a
former secretary of a south
Sinn Féin cumann. Bennett and
Donohoe were found guilty of membership of the IRA, a designated
terrorist organisation in the Republic of Ireland, and sentenced each
to four years in prison.
The arrests coincided with the seizure of two vehicles and the arrest
of a number of suspected criminal republicans - in one of the
vehicles, a van, detectives found four men together with a number of
suspicious items including a sledgehammer, pick-axe handles, eight
bags of ties, two-way radios, a black balaclava, rubber gloves and a
yellow fluorescent jacket with the word 'Garda' written on it, as well
as election posters for Ó Snodaigh. It later emerged that the van had
been used during Ó Snodaigh's election campaign. Gardaí were of the
belief that this IRA gang was about to carry out a violent crime in an
attempt to raise cash for the organisation.
Ó Snodaigh attempted to defend Bennett and Donohoe, criticising the
non-jury anti-terror court they were tried in.
SUPPORT FOR PALESTINE AND NAZI PROPAGANDA COMMENTS
Ó Snodaigh is a well known supporter of the
Palestinian cause and
has in the past been highly critical of the actions of
During the 2009 Gaza–
Israel conflict Ó Snodaigh claimed that Alan
Shatter , a
Fine Gael TD, and the Israeli ambassador to Ireland had
Oireachtas committee on Foreign Affairs to "propaganda,
twisted logic and half truths". He also said that
Joseph Goebbels ,
the Nazi propaganda minister, would have been proud of it. Israeli
ambassador to Ireland, Dr Zion Evrony, labelled Ó Snodaigh's comments
as "outrageous" and asked for an apology, which Ó Snodaigh refused.
Shatter, the only Jewish member of the Dáil, said he was appalled by
Ó Snodaigh's mindset that he would liken a Jewish politician to a
Fine Gael leader
Enda Kenny demanded a retraction and
described Ó Snodaigh's attack on Shatter as "despicable and
outrageous". European Affairs Minister
Dick Roche , a
Fianna Fáil TD,
said Ó Snodaigh's statement was "sickening and calculated to offend"
and "the fact that Ó Snodaigh made his remarks in the period
immediately before the National Holocaust Memorial Day makes his
actions doubly reprehensible."
On 30 May 2010, he was one of three Irish politicians who were
prevented from leaving
Cyprus by authorities to join an international
flotilla carrying aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip. In March 2011, Ó
Snodaigh set off on another flotilla to Gaza . One of his shipmates
included former TD and member of
Fianna Fáil Chris Andrews .
It was reported in February 2012 that Ó Snodaigh's office had used
€50,000 worth of ink cartridges from the
Oireachtas between 2007 and
CURRAN-DEMPSEY MURDER CASE
In 2005, a Dublin-based
Provisional IRA commander, Bernard Dempsey,
shot and killed local sportsman James Curran . Dempsey had been an
election agent for Ó Snodaigh's campaign.
* The Republic: Culture in the Republic, (with Finbar Cullen)
Ireland Institute, 2005, ISBN 9781904820017
* The Rotunda: Birthplace of the Irish Volunteers, Republican
Publications, 2013, ISBN 9781782801832
* ^ "Mr. Aengus Ó Snodaigh".
Oireachtas Members Database.
Retrieved 17 October 2009.
* ^ http://www.anphoblacht.com/news/detail/39999
* ^ Newman, Christine (13 January 2005). "Wife of SF deputy among
three fined for public order offences". The Irish Times. Retrieved 10
* ^ Kearns, Martha (13 January 2005). "Drink, scuffles broken glass
and catcalls". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
* ^ Healy, Tim (13 January 2005). "Sinn Fein TD\'s wife fined after
row outside nightclub". Irish Independent. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
* ^ "O Snodaigh\'s son stabbed \'in row over video game\'". Irish
Independent. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
* ^ "Son (16) of
Aengus Ó Snodaigh
Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD found after going missing".
The Irish Times. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
* ^ "Aengus Ó Snodaigh". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17
* ^ "SF man chief suspect in killing". Irish Independent. 10 April
* ^ Williams, Paul (23 December 2015). "Paul Williams: IRA spy ring
watching Leinster House holds the key to Sinn Féin\'s outlook". Irish
Independent. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
* ^ A B "Outrage at Sinn Fein call to free terrorists linked to TD
spy ring". Irish Independent. 17 December 2006. Retrieved 24 December
* ^ "Israeli envoy condemns TD\'s \'outrageous\' Goebbels remark".
The Irish Times
The Irish Times . 14 January 2009.
* ^ Sheahan, Fionnan (15 January 2009). "FG leader demands Nazi
jibe retraction". Irish Independent. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
* ^ "Delegation blocked from joining Gaza flotilla".
RTÉ News . 30
May 2010. Archived from the original on 31 May 2010. Retrieved 30 May
* ^ "Eoghan Harris". Martin must choose either Fine Fail or
Flotilla Fail. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
* ^ "
Aengus Ó Snodaigh
Aengus Ó Snodaigh defends ink cartridge use".
RTÉ News . 28
February 2012. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved
28 February 2012.
* Aengus Ó Snodaigh\'s page on the
Sinn Féin website