Michael Moynihan (Cork politician)

Michael Moynihan (born 12 January 1968) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork North-West constituency since the 1997 general election.[1]

Michael Moynihan

Teachta Dála
Assumed office
June 1997
ConstituencyCork North-West
Personal details
Born (1968-01-12) 12 January 1968
Mallow, County Cork, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Bríd O'Sullivan (m. 1999)
EducationBoherbue Comprehensive School
Alma materCork Institute of Technology

Moynihan was born in Kiskeam, County Cork in 1968. He was educated locally at Boherbue Comprehensive School, which is located in the village of Boherbue, five miles from Kiskeam.

A dairy farmer by profession, he first became involved in national politics in 1997, when he was elected at the 1997 general election to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil TD.[2] Moynihan's election caused somewhat of a shock because he succeeded in unseating sitting Fine Gael TD Frank Crowley, in what had been one of Fine Gael's strongest constituencies, where they had held more seats than Fianna Fáil. At the 1997 election, another candidate, Donal Howard, gained votes in the Kanturk, Banteer, and Kilcorney areas of the constituency; this reduced the share of votes obtained by Frank Crowley, and contributed to his loss of his seat.

Moynihan was Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Science from 2004 to 2007. He served as chairman of Ógra Fianna Fáil, the youth wing of the party, until 2005. He topped the poll at the 2002 general election and was re-elected at the 2007, 2011 and 2016 general elections.

He has served as the Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture and Food from 2011 to 2012, Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources 2012 to 2016, and from May 2016 he has served as Opposition Chief Whip.


  1. "Michael Moynihan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  2. "Michael Moynihan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
Preceded by
Frank Crowley
(Fine Gael)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Cork North-West
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