Joe O'Reilly

Joe O'Reilly (born 1 April 1955) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as a Senator for the Labour Panel since April 2016. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cavan–Monaghan constituency from 2011 to 2016.[1]

Joe O'Reilly
Assumed office
26 April 2016
ConstituencyLabour Panel
In office
14 July 2007  26 February 2011
ConstituencyIndustrial and Commercial Panel
In office
12 October 1989  17 December 1992
ConstituencyCultural and Educational Panel
Teachta Dála
In office
February 2011  February 2016
Personal details
Joseph Patrick O'Reilly

(1955-04-01) 1 April 1955
Cootehill, County Cavan, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Mary Tully (m. 1989)
Alma mater

Early and personal life

Born in Cootehill, County Cavan, he was educated at St Patrick's College, Cavan; St. Aidan's Comprehensive School, Cootehill; University College Dublin; Trinity College Dublin; St Patrick's College, Dublin 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 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 Senator, 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]

He is the Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Political views

In 2017, Fine Gael announced that they were planning a bill to allow pubs to open on Good Friday, reversing a 90-year-old ban. O'Reilly went against his party's view and said that the tradition was "part of our national identity".[4]


  1. "Joe O'Reilly". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 18 February 2008.
  2. "Joe O'Reilly". Retrieved 18 February 2008.
  3. "Clear-out of Seanad 'old guard' a blow to Enda Kenny". Irish Examiner. 28 April 2016.
  4. "'It's part of our national identity' - FG Senator breaks ranks over Good Friday Alcohol Bill". Irish Independent. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
Preceded by
Rory O'Hanlon
(Fianna Fáil)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Cavan–Monaghan
Succeeded by
Constituency redrawn
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