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#Jonathan O'Brien

# jonathan-obrien - Monday 6 January, 2020

Sinn Féin's Jonathan O'Brien won't be contesting the next general election

The Cork North Central TD said he feels the “time is right to pursue new personal challenges and opportunities”.

# jonathan-obrien - Tuesday 24 December, 2019

'We're replacing one addiction with another': Number of people accessing methadone up 600% in some counties

For the last 20 years, methadone has been the mainstay of harm reduction services in Ireland.

# jonathan-obrien - Saturday 13 April, 2019

Cork City FC says 'no breach to regulations' after TD was removed from stadium amid Delaney protest

Gardaí said that they intervened “following a complaint of a minor assault” at the stadium.

# jonathan-obrien - Thursday 11 October, 2018

'If you did this in the private sector you'd be gone' - Head of OPW grilled over State building being measured incorrectly

The Comptroller and Auditor General recently revealed that the wrong rate of rent had been paid on the vacant building.

# jonathan-obrien - Tuesday 24 July, 2018

Law to make penalty for incest equal for men and women approved by Cabinet

Currently there is life imprisonment for a male who is convicted of incest, but the sentence is three to seven years for a woman.

# jonathan-obrien - Saturday 29 October, 2016

There are 167 garda stations with no access to the Pulse system

The Tánaiste said the force’s new modernisation and renewal programme includes the enhancement of rural access to the network.

# jonathan-obrien - Thursday 9 June, 2016

'He's going to struggle': Teenager with learning disability denied Leaving Cert support

Hundreds of students each year are denied supports like readers and scribes and advocates say the SEC needs to widen eligibility criteria.

# jonathan-obrien - Thursday 3 December, 2015

Watch TDs have a huge row about having nothing to talk about

The Dáil is wrapping up early today and the opposition aren’t happy.

# jonathan-obrien - Friday 25 September, 2015

The curious case of the Fine Gael minister, the broken-down car and 214km garda dig-out

Dara Murphy is under pressure today after he asked gardaí to drive him from Cork to Dublin Airport earlier this month.

# jonathan-obrien - Wednesday 24 June, 2015

Sinn Féin claims there WASN'T a mass resignation of members in Fermoy last night

However, it seems 54 members of the Cobh branch in Cork have announced their resignation tonight.

# jonathan-obrien - Tuesday 23 June, 2015

What on earth is going on with Sinn Féin in Cork East?

One councillor expelled and another suspended with claims and counter claims. Here’s what we know so far…

There could be a mass resignation of Sinn Féin members in Cork East

Party members in the constituency will hold emergency branch meetings in the coming days.

# jonathan-obrien - Monday 22 June, 2015

Expelled Sinn Féin councillor claims party 'stabbed me in the back'

Sinn Féin has expelled veteran Cork councillor Kieran McCarthy and suspended Melissa Mullane following a confidential internal review.

# jonathan-obrien - Wednesday 27 May, 2015

Cork gardaí working in stations infested with rats

The Justice Minister was recently asked about the health and safety issues at Glanmire and Macroom stations.

# jonathan-obrien - Sunday 19 April, 2015

Watch this Sinn Féin TD explain how he helped save Cork City FC League Of Ireland This post contains videos

Watch this Sinn Féin TD explain how he helped save Cork City FC

It was a team effort (sorry).

# jonathan-obrien - Thursday 16 April, 2015

'Enda uses Sinn Féin's ideas as something to beat us with' Not Bothered This post contains videos

'Enda uses Sinn Féin's ideas as something to beat us with'

Jonathan O’Brien doesn’t care though.

# jonathan-obrien - Wednesday 15 April, 2015

'I lost the rag to make Joan Burton wake up' Heroin This post contains videos

'I lost the rag to make Joan Burton wake up'

Jonathan O’Brien’s brother is battling drug addiction.

# jonathan-obrien - Thursday 9 April, 2015

Cork hotel cancels debate with Polish far-right politician

Left wing groups in Ireland had been planning to picket the event.

# jonathan-obrien - Friday 6 March, 2015

Cork's heroin problem is 'an on-going battle'

There has been a surge in the number of heroin addicts over the past decade.

# jonathan-obrien - Friday 27 February, 2015

'Parents pay hundreds in voluntary contributions but don't know where the money is going'

Sinn Féin is calling for more transparency in these payments.

# jonathan-obrien - Tuesday 20 January, 2015

No apology for Sinn Féin TD after remarks about his homeless brother were made in the Dáil

Jonathan O’Brien clashed with his Labour counterpart in the Dáil last week.

# jonathan-obrien - Friday 16 January, 2015

Sinn Féin TD tells Labour backbencher to 'shut his mouth' after homeless brother revelation

Eric Byrne asked why Jonathan O’Brien’s family did not “take in” his brother, who is a recovering drug addict.

# jonathan-obrien - Monday 28 April, 2014

'Shocking number' of bookies robberies sparks concern for lone workers

There have been 569 robberies in betting shops across the country in the last three years.

# jonathan-obrien - Friday 25 April, 2014

From The Daily Edge Cork TD Jonathan O'Brien got down with his bad self for charity last night Let's Dance

Cork TD Jonathan O'Brien got down with his bad self for charity last night

Dance like nobody’s watching, Deputy.

# jonathan-obrien - Thursday 17 April, 2014

Complaints against social welfare staff have increased six-fold

Some 171 complaints were made against named officers in 2013, up from 27 in 2010.

# jonathan-obrien - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

Sexual abuse ruling will have “significant implications” for the State

The Department of Education called such abuse “a source of national shame”, and noted that the ruling is ‘binding’ on the State.

# jonathan-obrien - Friday 8 November, 2013

Gilmore: Vacant social housing stock is a problem, but we're fixing it

During Leaders’ Questions yesterday he outlined measures to be introduced by government to address the problem.

# jonathan-obrien - Thursday 17 October, 2013

WATCH: Dáil falls silent to highlight plight of children in need of cochlear implants

Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien asked that the Dáil observe the silence “to get some understanding of what those children have to endure”.

# jonathan-obrien - Tuesday 13 August, 2013

Sinn Féin wants an 'easier budget' with adjustment of less than €3.1 billion

Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson Michael McGrath says the Government should soften the budget adjustment this year, but Sinn Féin’s Jonathan O’Brien says the important issue is where the cuts are coming from.

# jonathan-obrien - Sunday 7 July, 2013

AIB loses money on ATM withdrawals

The Finance Minister has said that he cannot intervene in AIB’s plan to raise fees.

# jonathan-obrien - Friday 3 May, 2013

Fears of repeat delays to grants as SUSI retains a fraction of staff

Sinn Féin’s Jonathan O’Brien says keeping more of last year’s staff would help to avoid a repeat of 2012′s chronic delays.

# jonathan-obrien - Wednesday 12 December, 2012

Sinn Féin publishes legislation on school bullying

The legislation will strengthen existing laws, as well as putting in place binding mandatory anti-bullying policies.

# jonathan-obrien - Thursday 15 November, 2012

USI President released following arrest in the Dáil

John Logue was arrested in the Dáil visitors’ gallery last night but was later released without charge.

# jonathan-obrien - Thursday 25 October, 2012

More than 50,000 students still waiting for decision on third-level grant

New figures show that 65,000 students applied under the new student grant system – but decisions have been made on just 12,000 applications so far.

# jonathan-obrien - Sunday 15 July, 2012

Lift garda recruitment embargo to help fight crime, says O'Brien

The Sinn Féin justice spokesman also said that civilians could take over garda admin roles to free them up for front line duties.

# jonathan-obrien - Saturday 7 April, 2012

11 things we learned from the new Registers of Members’ Interests

The new registers of members’ interests have been published. Here’s some random things we learned from reading them.

# jonathan-obrien - Wednesday 28 March, 2012

The minister, the opposition, and the 36 unanswered Dáil questions

Jonathan O’Brien makes a formal complaint after Alan Shatter refuses to answer dozens of questions submitted in a single day.

# jonathan-obrien - Tuesday 13 March, 2012

Shatter dismisses calls to repeal crime laws following Supreme Court ruling

Alan Shatter dismisses calls from Sinn Féin to repeal the Offences against the State Act after last week’s ruling.

# jonathan-obrien - Friday 10 February, 2012

Government has no plans to allow same-sex couples to adopt children

A poll found that three-in-five people in Ireland are in favour of same-sex couples adopting but the government has no plans to legislate for this.

# jonathan-obrien - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

Sinn Féin TD tweets Budget 2012 measures before they're announced Budget 2012 This post contains images

Sinn Féin TD tweets Budget 2012 measures before they're announced

As Michael Noonan began to deliver his speech in the Dáil chamber, Jonathan O’Brien was already delivering the news on cigarettes, the USC, and other tax rises.

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