Sinn Féin Front Bench


Sinn Féin is the second largest political party in the Oireachtas and joint largest in Dáil Éireann. 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


Following Micheál Martin's appointment as Taoiseach on 27 June 2020, Mary Lou McDonald became the second President of Sinn Féin and first woman to hold the de facto role of Leader of the Opposition.[1]

On 2 July 2020, Mary Lou McDonald announced the new frontbench team, including the roles of Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Aengus Ó Snodaigh who will be in attendance at front bench meetings.[2]

Front Bench spokespersons

Portfolio Name Elected office Term
Leader of the Opposition
President of Sinn Féin
Mary Lou McDonald TD for Dublin Central 2020–
Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin in the Dáil
Spokesperson on Finance
Pearse Doherty TD for Donegal 2020–
Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine Matt Carthy TD for Cavan–Monaghan 2020–
Spokesperson on Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Kathleen Funchion TD for Carlow–Kilkenny 2020–
Spokesperson on Environment, Climate and Communications Darren O'Rourke TD for Meath East 2020–
Spokesperson on Transport
Spokesperson on Rural and Community Development Claire Kerrane TD for Roscommon–Galway 2020–
Spokesperson on Social Protection
Spokesperson on Defence John Brady TD for Wicklow 2020–
Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson on Education Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD for Cork South–Central 2020–
Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment Louise O'Reilly TD for Dublin Fingal 2020–
Spokesperson on Health David Cullinane TD for Waterford 2020–
Spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Rose Conway-Walsh TD for Mayo 2020–
Spokesperson on Housing, Local Government and Heritage Eoin Ó Broin TD for Dublin Mid–West 2020–
Spokesperson on Justice Martin Kenny TD for Sligo–Leitrim 2020–
Spokesperson on Tourism, Sport and Media Imelda Munster TD for Louth 2020–
Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform Mairéad Farrell TD for Galway West 2020–
Spokesperson on Irish, the Gaeltacht, Arts and Culture Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD for Dublin South–Central 2020–

Chief Whip

Portfolio Name Elected office Term
Chief Whip Pádraig Mac Lochlainn
(In attendance at front bench meetings)
TD for Donegal 2020–

Junior spokespersons

On 7 July 2020, Sinn Féin announced the appointments of the new junior spokespeople as well as the Deputy Whip and Councillor Liaison.[3]

Portfolio Name Elected office Term
Deputy Whip
Councillor Liaison
Junior spokesperson on Local Government Reform
Denise Mitchell TD for Dublin Bay North 2020–
Junior spokesperson on Addiction, Recovery and Wellbeing (Drugs and Alcohol Strategy) Thomas Gould TD for Cork North–Central 2020–
Junior spokesperson on Climate justice Lynn Boylan Senator for Agricultural Panel 2020–
Junior spokesperson on Communications and Broadband Strategy Ruairí Ó Murchú TD for Louth 2020–
Junior spokesperson on Community Development Paul Donnelly TD for Dublin West 2020–
Junior spokesperson on Defence Sorca Clarke TD for Longford–Westmeath 2020–
Junior spokesperson on Disability Rights and Carers Pauline Tully TD for Cavan–Monaghan 2020–
Junior spokesperson on Equality, Inclusion and Law Reform Pa Daly TD for Kerry 2020–
Junior spokesperson on Mental Health Mark Ward TD for Dublin Mid–West 2020–
Junior spokesperson on Older People Patricia Ryan TD for Kildare South 2020–
Junior spokesperson on Sport Chris Andrews TD for Dublin Bay South 2020–

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