PáDRAIG MAC LOCHLAINN ( ; born 12 June 1973) is an Irish Sinn Féin
politician who has served as a Senator for the Industrial and
Commercial Panel since April 2016. He served as a
Teachta Dála (TD)
for the Donegal North-East constituency from 2011 and 2016. He lost
his seat at the 2016 general election but was subsequently elected to
Seanad in April 2016.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Civic and political career
Dáil Éireann (2011–16)
* 3 References
* 4 External links
Mac Lochlainn was born in
England on 12 June 1973, the son of
two Irish parents, Réamonn and Mary Mac Lochlainn. He is their only
child. His father was a Provisional IRA volunteer who spent nine and a
half years imprisoned in jails across England. After his release in
1984, his father wrote a book about his prison experience called
"Inside An English Jail", which was published posthumously in 1987
under the name of Raymond McLaughlin.
Mary Mac Lochlainn was raised in an
Irish Traveller family making
Pádraig Mac Lochlainn
Pádraig Mac Lochlainn the first TD from a Traveller background. He
was raised by his mother and grandmother for the duration of his
father's imprisonment, and described them as “two strong, loving
Traveller women” .
After his father's release from prison in England, Mac Lochlainn then
aged 10 moved with his family to his father's home of
County Donegal and he has lived there since. His father died in a
drowning accident in
Shannon, County Clare in 1985. He left school at
the age of 14 and later returned to education as an adult through
community development studies and distance learning. He worked in the
painting and decorating trade for many years.
CIVIC AND POLITICAL CAREER
He was the Donegal spokesperson for the Irish National Organisation
of the Unemployed (INOU) from 1997 to 2001. He also served on the INOU
National Executive from 1997 until 2000 as well as representing the
organisation on the National Rural Development Forum.
At local level, he was a community director on the Inishowen
Partnership Board for 5 years from 1996 to 2001. His work as a
community activist and political representative had led him to speak
at conferences across Europe on the issues of unemployment, regional
neglect and rural poverty.
He was co-opted onto
Buncrana Town Council in 2002. He was then
subsequently elected onto
Buncrana Town Council in 2004 and 2009. He
was also elected to
Donegal County Council
Donegal County Council in 2004 representing the
Inishowen local electoral area and was re-elected in 2009. Mac
Lochlainn served as Mayor of
Buncrana twice; 2005–06 and 2010–11.
He also served as Deputy Mayor of Donegal from 2010 to 2011.
At national level, he was the Director of Sinn Féin's campaign
Lisbon Treaty in 2008. He has served as Chairperson of his
party's National Councillors Forum (NCF) and has served on the Sinn
Féin Ard Comhairle (National Executive). He was appointed to the
board of InterTradeIreland, the Trade and Business Development Body in
December 2007 and served on the board up until March 2011.
DáIL ÉIREANN (2011–16)
Mac Lochlainn was elected to the Dáil on 25 February 2011 for the
constituency of Donegal North-East on his third attempt.
He is the
Sinn Féin Dáil Spokesperson on Justice, Equality and
Defence serving as a member of the Joint
Oireachtas Committee on
Justice, Equality and Defence. He was elected Chairperson of the Joint
Oireachtas Public Services Oversight and Petitions Committee on 30
January 2013. He previously served as the
Sinn Féin Dáil
Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade and was a member of two
Oireachtas Committees, Foreign Affairs and Trade and European
He served as a member of the
British Irish Parliamentary Assembly for
almost two years up until January 2013
Mac Lochlainn has been a prominent supporter of the cause of
Palestinian independence and statehood and he is the Secretary of the
Oireachtas Friends of Palestine group of TDs and Senators. As Sinn
Féin's Foreign Affairs spokesperson, he strongly supported Ireland's
commitment to overseas aid as evidenced in the party position paper he
oversaw in early 2012, "Honouring our Legacy: Keeping Ireland at the
Heart of Global Justice".
In June 2012, the
Irish Independent newspaper alleged that Mac
Lochlainn and his party colleague, Deputy
Pearse Doherty had "diverted
unspent travel and accommodation expenses towards hiring part-time
party workers despite these expenses being supposed to be returned to
Oireachtas under rules introduced in 2010". Both Deputies were
subsequently found not to have broken any
In December 2012, Mac Lochlainn was suspended from the Dáil after he
Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett of "double standards and
In early 2013, he published a bill (The Reform of Judicial
Appointments Procedures Bill 2013) seeking to end the system of
political appointees being made judges in Ireland.
At the 2016 general election , Mac Lochlainn ran as one of three Sinn
Féin candidates in the new five-seater Donegal constituency. After a
tight race for the final seat in the constituency, he lost narrowly to
Thomas Pringle by 184 votes.
As of 11 July 2013, this article is derived in whole or in part from
Donegal Sinn Féin. The copyright holder has licensed the content in a
manner that permits reuse under CC BY-SA 3.0 and GFDL . All relevant
terms must be followed. The original text was at "Pádraig Mac
* ^ "Mr. Pádraig Mac Lochlainn".
Oireachtas Members Database.
Retrieved 20 March 2011.
* ^ "TD from Traveller background calls
Fianna Fáil councillor\'s
An Phoblacht . Retrieved 17 January 2013.
* ^ Derrig, Mick (14 February 2002). "New face on the block". An
Phoblacht. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
* ^ "Pádraig Mac Lochlainn". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 1
* ^ "
Pádraig Mac Lochlainn
Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD elected Chair of the Committee on
Public Oversight and Petitions". Oireachtas. 30 January 2013.
Retrieved 16 June 2013.
* ^ "British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly – Irish Members and
Associates". Britishirish.org. 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
* ^ "Submission to the Review of the White Paper on Irish Aid"
(PDF). Dochas. April 2012.
* ^ Brennan, Michael (20 June 2012). "Original article in the Irish
Independent". Retrieved 20 June 2012.
* ^ "
Pearse Doherty did NOT breach expenses
rules". TheJournal.ie. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
* ^ "
Oireachtas officials confirm Doherty did not breach
regulations". 28 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
* ^ "Dáil halted in penalty points row".
The Irish Times
The Irish Times . 12
* ^ Sheahan, Fionnan (12 December 2012). "TD Joan Collins reported
to Dail watchdog for naming journalist and rugby writer in penalty
Irish Independent . Retrieved 12 December 2012.
* ^ "
Sinn Féin publishes bill to end ‘political appointment’
of judges". TheJournal.ie. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
* ^ "Donegal count: Independent Thomas Pringle takes final seat".
The Irish Times
The Irish Times . 28 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
* Official website