Sinn Féin Front Bench

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Sinn Féin is the third-largest political party in the Oireachtas. The Sinn Féin leader appoints a team of TDs and Senators to speak for the party on different issues. Their areas of responsibility broadly correspond to those of Government ministers.

Sinn Féin Front Bench 2018–present[edit]

Dáil Éireann[edit]

Front Bench spokespersons[edit]

Portfolio [1] Name
Leader of Sinn Féin,
Republic of Ireland
Mary Lou McDonald
Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin,
Leader of Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland
Michelle O'Neill
Chief Whip
Aengus Ó Snodaigh
Agriculture, Food and the Marine Martin Kenny
Children and Youth Affairs Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire
Communications, Climate Action and Environment Brian Stanley
Disability Rights and Older People Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin
Education and Skills Vacant
Finance Pearse Doherty
Foreign Affairs and Trade
European Union and the Diaspora
Seán Crowe
Health Louise O'Reilly
Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoin Ó Broin
Business, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan
Justice and Equality
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Jonathan O'Brien
Public Expenditure and Reform
Workers' Rights (All-Ireland)
David Cullinane
Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht Vacant
Employment Affairs and Social Protection John Brady
Transport, Tourism and Sport
Urban Renewal
Imelda Munster

Junior spokespersons[edit]

Portfolio Name
Deputy Whip
Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Denise Mitchell
Agriculture, Food and the Marine
(with special responsibility for Fisheres and the Marine)
Martin Ferris
Children and Youth Affairs
(with special responsibility for Childcare)
Kathleen Funchion
Housing, Planning and Local Government Dessie Ellis
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Pat Buckley

Seanad Éireann[edit]

Portfolio Name
Seanad Group Leader
Rural Ireland
Rose Conway-Walsh
Seanad Whip
Workers' Rights and Collective Bargaining
Paul Gavan
An Gaeilge and the Diaspora
Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht
Trevor Ó Clochartaigh
Health and Wellbeing Máire Devine (suspended)
Jobs and the Economy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn
North/South Integration Niall Ó Donnghaile
Youth, Arts and LGBT Rights Fintan Warfield

Sinn Féin frontbench 2011–2016[edit]

Portfolio Spokesperson[2][3][4]
Party Leader Gerry Adams
Deputy Leader,
Public Expenditure and Reform
Mary Lou McDonald
Social Protection and Party whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh
Finance Pearse Doherty
Health and Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin
Foreign Affairs and Trade Seán Crowe
Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Gaeltacht Affairs Peadar Tóibín
Justice, Equality and Defence Pádraig Mac Lochlainn
Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Michael Colreavy
Education and Skills Jonathan O'Brien
Environment, Community and Local Government Brian Stanley
Agriculture, Food and the Marine Martin Ferris
Transport and Housing Dessie Ellis
Arts, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Sandra McLellan

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sinn Féin announces spokesperson reshuffle for 32nd Dáil". Newstalk. 11 May 2016.
  2. ^ "SF unveils shadow portfolios". The Irish Times. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Gerry Adams announces reshuffle of Sinn Fein front bench". RTÉ News. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Sinn Fein leader announces reshuffle". Sinn Féin website. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012.