Joe O'Reilly

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Joe O'Reilly
Assumed office
26 April 2016
Constituency Labour Panel
In office
July 2007  February 2011
Constituency Industrial and Commercial Panel
In office
October 1989  December 1992
Constituency Cultural and Educational Panel
Teachta Dála
In office
February 2011  February 2016
Constituency Cavan–Monaghan
Personal details
Born (1955-04-01) 1 April 1955
Cootehill, Cavan, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Mary Tully
Children 3
Alma mater University College Dublin,
Trinity College, Dublin,
St Patrick's College of Education,
Dublin Institute of Technology

Joe O'Reilly (born 1 April 1955) is an Irish Fine Gael politician.[1] Elected at the general election in February 2011 as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cavan–Monaghan constituency,[2] he lost his seat at the next general election in February 2016. Having served twice previously in Seanad Éireann, following the loss of his Dáil seat, he was reelected to the Seanad in April 2016.

Early and personal life

Born in Cootehill, County Cavan, he was educated at St. Aidan's Comprehensive School, Cootehill; University College Dublin; Trinity College, Dublin; St Patrick's College of Education and the Dublin Institute of Technology. O'Reilly is a primary schoolteacher by profession.

Political career

In local politics, he was first elected to Cavan County Council in 1985, but lost his seat in 1991. He was re-elected at the 1999 local elections for the Bailieborough area and again in 2004.

He was an unsuccessful candidate at the 2007 general election for the Cavan–Monaghan Dáil Éireann constituency, but was elected at the general election in February 2011.[2] He lost this Dáil seat at the 2016 general election.[2]

In European elections, he was an unsuccessful candidate at the 2009 European Parliament election for the North-West constituency.

As a Seanad member, he was first elected in 1989 to the 19th Seanad on the Cultural and Educational Panel. He lost his seat at the 1993 Seanad elections, and was unsuccessful again at the 1997 Seanad election. He was elected to the 23rd Seanad in 2007,[2] serving on the Industrial and Commercial Panel and as Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. O'Reilly was elected to the Labour Panel of the 25th Seanad in April 2016.[3]


  1. "Mr. Joe O'Reilly". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 18 February 2008.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Joe O'Reilly". Retrieved 18 February 2008.
  3. "Clear-out of Seanad 'old guard' a blow to Enda Kenny". Irish Examiner. 28 April 2016.
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