Minister of State Joe O’Brien

Teachta Dála for Dublin Fingal

Spokesperson for Community Development & Charities

My vision for Fingal

Dublin Fingal needs to develop in a well-planned manner to ensure that our housing, transport, education, childcare and leisure infrastructure are well integrated and designed to nurture community and family life. Our growing and diverse local population means that Fingal is a vibrant and dynamic area and the focus now must be on ensuring that the services exist to allow Fingal to thrive in a sustainable way.

COVID-19 has drastically changed our world in the last year. The power of community has never been more evident and right across Dublin Fingal, and Ireland, people looked after each other and rallied to support our more vulnerable neighbours and friends. I want to thank those who have worked tirelessly on the front line, as essential workers, throughout this crisis and the community volunteers who look after the most vulnerable in society. As we continue to live with COVID-19, I would encourage all to maintain this community spirit and continue to support our communities and the local businesses across Fingal.

What I stand for

Through my personal and professional experience before entering politics, I have gained a deep insight into the hardships of those struggling to find their place in society. I am passionate about human rights and equality.

I believe that our vulnerable economy needs to be strengthened in a way which recognises the correlation between a healthy society AND economy. There must be a focus on supporting indigenous business and innovation to create higher quality sustainable jobs. I strongly believe that the economic adaptations required to actively tackle climate change offer opportunities to move the economy away from over dependence on fossil fuel imports, multinationals and the tax we allow them to forgo. We can and must harness the many economic and social opportunities that protecting our environmental future offers all of us across the island of Ireland.

My priorities

  • My professional background centres on human rights and equality with a key focus on advocacy. I work hard for the people of my own constituency of Dublin Fingal and all people who may find it difficult to have their voices heard in the system and/or who encounter difficulty in accessing relevant services.
  • Infrastructural deficits are a key issue for Dublin Fingal – lack of school places, inadequate public transport, insufficient cycle lanes, shortages in garda numbers, all prove the need to ensure that investment in public services must maintain pace with the population growth and associated needs of Dublin Fingal.
  • I will continue to prioritise the housing and homelessness crisis by working collaboratively with stakeholders and listening carefully to the needs of those most impacted by the crisis and using my experience in the NGO sector and my advocacy skills to ensure all voices are heard.

My experience

Currently Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development with special responsibility for Community Development and Charities since July 2020, I previously held a seat on Fingal County Council before being elected as a TD to represent Dublin Fingal in 2009. I was subsequently re-elected to that  position in February 2020 before being appointed to my current role.

Graduate of University College Cork (French and Economics).

Before entering politics, I worked for the Youth reach programme for early school leavers, and worked for more than a decade at Crosscare, the social-care agency of the Dublin Catholic archdiocese and one of the biggest providers of services to the homeless in Dublin city.

For three years before entering the Dáil I worked for the Immigrant Council of Ireland.

Living in Skerries, I am married with three young children.

Latest activities

24th May 2021

EU Child Guarantee opportunity for Ireland to address failings on child poverty – Minister O’Brien

23rd April 2021

Recognition for long-term undocumented migrants finally on its way says Green Party

16th April 2021

New hate crime legislation sends strong signal that peddling hate is not acceptable in Irish society

29th March 2021

‘Progressive and sustainable vision’ for rural Ireland will make our communities a better place to live – Greens

4th March 2021

Green Party Minister O’Brien launches €1m fund for Community Development Pilot Projects

26th February 2021

Green Party welcomes move to end Direct Provision

21st January 2021

Funding increase of over €700k to environmental NGOs welcomed by Green Party

11th November 2020

Green Party Minister Joe O’Brien begins implementation of the Social Inclusion Roadmap

3rd November 2020

Wellbeing Indicators and not GDP should be used to indicate progress in Ireland

15th October 2020

Greens welcome supports for communities, transport and vulnerable in society as part of Budget 2021

2nd July 2020

Three new Green Ministers announced

4th June 2020

Mandatory face coverings needed on public transport

22nd May 2020

Local Authorities must push cultural shift in driver attitudes towards speed limits

15th May 2020

Any State stake in Aer Lingus must come with conditions, including worker protection and decarbonisation

13th May 2020

Public transport projects need priority post Covid-19 – Greens

30th April 2020

Greens call for cash refunds for airline customers

30th April 2020

Green Party News

29th April 2020

Greens call for the protection of regional rail routes

21st April 2020

Green Party calls for free fares on Bus Éireann for essential workers

17th April 2020

Greens ask for State recognition of frontline Covid-19 victims and protection for their families

27th February 2020

Green Party welcomes newly co-opted councillors.

12th December 2019

Families, the elderly, and people with disabilities are being discriminated against by Irish Rail, case taken by Green TD proves

27th November 2019

Greens amend Fingal Budget to fund climate action, parking enforcement and motorway noise reduction

19th November 2019

Fine Gael must cut ties with Verona Murphy over dangerous comments

13th November 2019

Green Party water expert warns Ireland is heading for more European fines over sewage

7th November 2019

Greens welcome new ‘School Street’ scheme – where an entire road is pedestrianised around school pick-up and drop-off

4th November 2019

Taoiseach’s comments on migrants risk taking debate on immigration down a dangerous path

25th September 2019

New Dublin runway will damage health of local communities – O’Brien