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Network Ireland

Visit to Dail Eireann

On: 05 Apr 2017 02.45 PM To: 05 Apr 2017 08.00 PM

Visit to Dail Eireann


Network Ireland Kildare is delighted to offer members the opportunity of a tour of Dail Eireann with Fiona O'Loughlin TD.

This event commences at 2.45pm at Leinster House, with a welcoming address by Fiona O'Loughlin, followed by a tour of Dail Eireann, followed by dinner.

This is a member only event and numbers are limited, so advance booking is required.  The fee of Eur20 is to cover the cost of the meal.




Fiona O’Loughlin FiannaFáil TD South Kildare

Spokesperson on Equality, Immigration & Integration

Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills

Vice President of the Fianna Fáil party


Originally from Rathangan in South Kildare, Fiona taught in Scoil Mhuire, Newbridge for fifteen years before commencing work in the Intellectual disability area with Special Olympics. 

Through the SO movement, she has been a very successful advocate for people with intellectual disability in Europe. Fiona played a key leadership role in heading the Host Town Programme for the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games, the greatest voluntary event Ireland has ever seen, liaising with 180 host towns across Ireland including 10 in Co Kildare, and 21 in Northern Ireland. As a member of the European Committee of the Regions and co-ordinator for the ALDE group on the EDUC committee, Fiona was rapporteur for a European policy document on “rethinking education” which was accepted by the COR and European Parliament in 2013.

Fiona is passionate about public service and serving local communities whilst contributing to policy nationally. 

Fiona was delighted to be elected to the 32nd Dáil, the first woman ever in Kildare South and embraces her new role and portfolio’s with gusto. She believes there is huge overlap between the committee work in education and skills and trying to bring equality and integration to all levels of learning, and was delighted when Michael Martin TD, leader of Fianna Fail appointed her as chair of the Committee on Education and skills. She is conscious of the challenges ahead, including the Cassells report and Admissions bill and believes strongly that we also need to look at helping develop resilience and transversal skills along with positive mental health in our young people. 



This event is hosted by Network Ireland Kildare Branch in association with our supporters, Kildare Local Enterprise Office, AIB Bank and our media partners, Kildare Post.