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# Jonathan O'Brien

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2022
# Cork
Cork woman jailed for campaign of harrassment against former TD and community activist
Sonya Egan of The Lawn, Lios Cara, Killeens, Co Cork sent thousands of emails to former Cork North Central Sinn Fein TD Jonathan O’Brien.
# Court
Court hears how woman harassed a former Sinn Féin TD
The accused sent thousands of emails to former Cork North Central Sinn Fein TD Jonathan O’Brien.
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# Bowing out
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”.
# Addiction Services
'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.
# League of Ireland
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.
# banana maths
'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.
# sexual crimes
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.
# 404 error
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.
# Education
'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.
# Week's over
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.
# Murphy's Law
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.
# internal affairs
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.
# internal affairs
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…
# internal affairs
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.
# internal affairs
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.
# Rat Trap
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.
# League of Ireland
Watch this Sinn Féin TD explain how he helped save Cork City FC
It was a team effort (sorry).
# Not Bothered
'Enda uses Sinn Féin's ideas as something to beat us with'
Jonathan O’Brien doesn’t care though.
# Heroin
'I lost the rag to make Joan Burton wake up'
Jonathan O’Brien’s brother is battling drug addiction.
# National Movement
Cork hotel cancels debate with Polish far-right politician
Left wing groups in Ireland had been planning to picket the event.
# minister for drugs
Cork's heroin problem is 'an on-going battle'
There has been a surge in the number of heroin addicts over the past decade.
# pupils
'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.
# Homelessness
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.
# Heated exchange
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.
# Safety
'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.
# Let's Dance
Cork TD Jonathan O'Brien got down with his bad self for charity last night
Dance like nobody’s watching, Deputy.
# Not happy
Complaints against social welfare staff have increased six-fold
Some 171 complaints were made against named officers in 2013, up from 27 in 2010.
# Louise O'Keeffe
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.
# Leaders' Questions
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.
# Silence
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”.
# Budget 2014
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.
# AIB
AIB loses money on ATM withdrawals
The Finance Minister has said that he cannot intervene in AIB’s plan to raise fees.
# SUSI
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.
# Bullying
Sinn Féin publishes legislation on school bullying
The legislation will strengthen existing laws, as well as putting in place binding mandatory anti-bullying policies.
# Students
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.
# SUSI
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.
# Gardaí
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.
# In the know
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.
# Keeping schtum
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.
# Organised Crime
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.