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Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin ([ˈkiːvʲiːnʲ oː ˈkiːlˠaːnʲ]; born 18 September 1953) is an Irish Sinn Féin politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cavan–Monaghan constituency since the 1997 general election. He was appointed Chair of the Committee on Justice and Equality in April 2016. He served as Leader of Sinn Féin in Dáil Éireann from 1997 to 2011.[2]

Contents

1 Biography 2 Political career 3 References 4 External links

Biography[edit] Ó Caoláin was born in Monaghan in 1953.[3] He was educated at St. Mary's CBS, Monaghan.[1] He was a bank official with the Bank of Ireland in the 1970s, and worked in a number of towns, including Ballinasloe. He became a senior bank official but then left the bank to concentrate on politics. Ó Caoláin is married to Briege McGinn and they have four daughters and one son.[3] Ó Caoláin underwent successful cardiac surgery early in 2007. On 19 June 2007, it was reported that he was rushed to hospital,[4] but he was released shortly thereafter and has since made a full recovery. Political career[edit] He has been active in republican circles since the 1970s. He was Director of Elections in the Anti H-Block campaign of 1981 when Kieran Doherty was elected as a TD for the Cavan–Monaghan constituency. Between 1982 and 1985 he was general manager of the republican newspaper An Phoblacht. Ó Caoláin's first political success came in 1985 when he was elected to Monaghan County Council as a Sinn Féin councillor. In 1989, loyalist paramilitaries attempted to kill him and another Sinn Féin councillor.[citation needed] At the 1984 and 1989 European Parliament elections he stood unsuccessfully in the Connacht–Ulster constituency. Ó Caoláin represented Sinn Féin at the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation in Dublin in the mid-1990s. In 1996 he was an unsuccessful candidate in the Northern Ireland Forum election in Newry and Armagh.[5] He was also a member of the Sinn Féin negotiations team during the talks which led to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. At the 1997 general election he was elected to Dáil Éireann for the Cavan–Monaghan constituency, making him the first Sinn Féin TD elected since 1957 and the first Sinn Féin TD to take his seat at Dáil Éireann in Leinster House. He was subsequently re-elected at the 2002 general election and joined by four other Sinn Féin deputies. He was re-elected at the 2007 general election.[6] Ó Caoláin is currently Sinn Féin's spokesperson on Health and Children."[7] He accepts the average industrial wage and donates the remaining portion of his TD salary to his party.[8] References[edit]

^ a b "Profile: Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 23 January 2011.  ^ "Mr. Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 9 October 2009.  ^ a b "Profile of Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin". Sinn Féin party website. Retrieved 8 May 2008.  ^ "SF's O'Caolain rushed to hospital from Dáil office". BreakingNews.ie. 20 June 2007.  ^ Northern Ireland elections ^ "Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 9 October 2009.  ^ Quote from the Sinn Féin website. Many Irish republicans use the term "Six Counties" to refer to Northern Ireland. See Alternative names for Northern Ireland. ^ "Greens' top brass give up €46,000 of salary to party funds". Irish Independent. 9 March 2010. 

External links[edit]

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin's page on the Sinn Féin website

Oireachtas

Preceded by Jimmy Leonard Fianna Fáil Sinn Féin Teachta Dála for Cavan–Monaghan 1997–present Incumbent

Party political offices

New office Leader of Sinn Féin in Dáil Éireann 1997–2011 Succeeded by Gerry Adams

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Current members of Dáil Éireann

As elected to the 32nd Dáil in 2016 Ceann Comhairle: Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Fine Gael (50)

Bailey Barrett Breen Brophy Bruton Burke C. Byrne Cannon Carey Corcoran Kennedy Coveney Creed J. Daly D'Arcy Deasy Deering R. Doherty Donohoe Doyle Durkan English Farrell Fitzgerald Fitzpatrick Flanagan Griffin Harris Heydon Humphreys Kehoe E. Kenny Kyne Madigan McEntee McHugh McLoughlin Mitchell O'Connor D. Murphy Eoghan Murphy H. Naughton Neville Noonan O'Connell O'Donovan O'Dowd Phelan Ring Rock Stanton Varadkar§

Fianna Fáil (44)

Aylward Brassil Breathnach Browne Butler T. Byrne Cahill Calleary Casey Cassells L. Chambers J. Chambers N. Collins Cowen Curran Donnelly Dooley Fleming Gallagher Haughey Kelleher Lahart Lawless M. Martin§ McConalogue Michael McGrath McGuinness A. Moynihan M. Moynihan Murphy O'Mahony Eugene Murphy D. O'Brien O'Callaghan Ó Cuív O'Dea O'Keeffe O'Loughlin O'Rourke Rabbitte Scanlon Brendan Smith Smyth Troy

Sinn Féin (23)

Adams Brady Buckley Crowe Cullinane P. Doherty Ellis M. Ferris Funchion M. Kenny McDonald§ Mitchell Munster Nolan J. O'Brien Ó Broin Ó Caoláin Ó Laoghaire O'Reilly Ó Snodaigh Quinlivan Stanley Tóibín

Labour Party (7)

Burton Howlin§ Kelly J. O'Sullivan Penrose B. Ryan Sherlock

Solidarity–PBP (6)

Barry Boyd Barrett Coppinger G. Kenny P. Murphy Bríd Smith

Independents 4 Change (3)

J. Collins C. Daly Wallace

Green Party (2)

C. Martin E. Ryan§

Social Democrats (2)

C. Murphy§ Shortall§

Independent (20)

Broughan Canney† M. Collins Connolly Fitzmaurice Grealish Halligan† Harty Healy D. Healy-Rae M. Healy-Rae Lowry F. McGrath† Mattie McGrath Moran† D. Naughten M. O'Sullivan Pringle Ross† Zappone

§Party leaders Italics = Ministers †Ind. Alliance

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Sinn Féin

History

History of Sinn Féin

Abstentionism

Armalite and ballot box strategy Clann na hÉireann Cumann na nGaedheal (1900) Comhairle na dTeachtaí Éire Nua Election results Fianna Fáil Fine Gael Gaelic American German Plot Provisional IRA Sinn Féin Manifesto 1918 Sinn Féin MPs Sinn Féin (newspaper) Sinn Féin Printing & Publishing Company Republican News Republican Sinn Féin United Irishman Willie O'Dea affidavit incident Workers' Party of Ireland 32 County Sovereignty Movement

Leadership

Presidents

Edward Martyn (1905–08) John Sweetman (1908–11) Arthur Griffith (1911–17) Éamon de Valera (1917–26) John J. O'Kelly (Sceilg) (1926–31) Brian O'Higgins (1931–33) Michael O'Flanagan (1933–35) Cathal Ó Murchadha (1935–37) Margaret Buckley (1937–50) Paddy McLogan (1950–52) Tomás Ó Dubhghaill (1952–54) Paddy McLogan (1954–62) Tomás Mac Giolla (1962–70) Ruairí Ó Brádaigh (1970–83) Gerry Adams (1983–2018) Mary Lou McDonald (2018–present)

Vice presidents

John Sweetman (1905–07) Arthur Griffith (1905–08; 1917–22) Bulmer Hobson (1907–10) Jennie Wyse Power (1911–) Thomas Kelly (1911–) Fr. Michael O'Flanagan (1917–23) P. J. Ruttledge (1923–26) Mary MacSwiney John Madden John J. O'Kelly (1931-33) Margaret Buckley (1933–35; 1952–60) Liam Raul (1933-37) Tom Maguire (1935-37) Seamus Mitchell Padraig de Paor Criostóir O'Neill Michael Traynor (1950–54; 1962) Tomás Ó Dubhghaill (1950–52; 1954–62) Tony Magan (1960–62) Rory O'Driscoll (1962–63) Larry Grogan (1962–69; 1970–71) Seán Caughey (1963–65) Joe Clarke (1966–72) Cathal Goulding (1969–70) Dáithí Ó Conaill (1971–78; 1978–83) Máire Drumm (1972–76) Joe Cahill (1976–78) Gerry Adams (1978–83) Phil Flynn (1983–85) John Joe McGirl (1985–88) Pat Doherty (1988–2009) Mary Lou McDonald (2009–2018) Michelle O'Neill (2018–present)

Seanad leaders

Pearse Doherty (2007–10) David Cullinane (2011–16) Rose Conway-Walsh (2016–)

Northern Ireland leaders

Gerry Adams (1998–2007) Martin McGuinness (2007–17) Michelle O'Neill (2017–)

Chairpersons

Seán MacManus (1984–90) Tom Hartley (1990–96) Mitchel McLaughlin (1996–2005) Mary Lou McDonald (2005–09) Declan Kearney (2009–)

General secretaries

Joe Cahill Cathleen Knowles Tom Hartley (1984–86) Joe Reilly (1986–88) Lucilita Bhreatnach (1988–2003) Mitchel McLaughlin (2003–07) Rita O'Hare (2007–09) Dawn Doyle (2009–)

Directors of publicity

Seán Ó Brádaigh (1960–79) Danny Morrison (1979–90) Rita O'Hare (1990–98) Dawn Doyle (1998–2008) Rosaleen Doherty (2008–)

Party structures

Leader of Sinn Féin Ardfheis Sinn Féin Front Bench Sinn Féin Republican Youth An Phoblacht Friends of Sinn Féin

Presidential candidates

Martin McGuinness (2011)

Elected representatives

Dáil Éireann

Gerry Adams John Brady Pat Buckley Seán Crowe David Cullinane Pearse Doherty Dessie Ellis Martin Ferris Kathleen Funchion Martin Kenny Mary Lou McDonald Denise Mitchell Imelda Munster Carol Nolan Jonathan O'Brien Eoin Ó Broin Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire Louise O'Reilly Aengus Ó Snodaigh Maurice Quinlivan Brian Stanley Peadar Tóibín

Seanad Éireann

Rose Conway-Walsh Máire Devine Paul Gavan Pádraig Mac Lochlainn Niall Ó Donnghaile Fintan Warfield

European Parliament

Martina Anderson Lynn Boylan Matt Carthy Liadh Ní Riada

Northern Ireland Assembly

Caoimhe Archibald Cathal Boylan Michaela Boyle Linda Dillon Jemma Dolan Sinéad Ennis Megan Fearon Órlaithí Flynn Colm Gildernew Declan Kearney Catherine Kelly Gerry Kelly Seán Lynch Alex Maskey Declan McAleer Raymond McCartney Fra McCann Philip McGuigan Ian Milne Karen Mullan Conor Murphy Carál Ní Chuilín John O'Dowd Máirtín Ó Muilleoir Michelle O'Neill Emma Rogan Pat Sheehan

House of Commons (Abstentionist)

Mickey Brady Michelle Gildernew Chris Hazzard Paul Maskey Elisha McCallion Barry McElduff Francie Molloy

Lists

List of current Sinn Féin elected representatives

Alliances

European United Left

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