Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality and Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with special responsibility for Equality, New Communities and Culture. Dublin : Dublin Bay North : Clontarf086 8190336
Aodhán was first elected a TD in February 2011 having previously served as a member of Dublin City Council from 2004.
He is currently the Vice Chair of the Committee on Education and Social Protection and a member of both the Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform Committee as well as the Good Friday Agreement Implementation Committee.
Prior to being a full time public representative, Aodhán worked as a teacher and principal in Sheriff Street where he was inspired to get involved in politics to further the causes of the disadvantaged and voiceless in our society.
He served as Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin in 2006, during which time he launched his Right to Read Campaign in an effort to challenge the poor literacy rates in disadvantaged areas. This was successful in helping promote local literacy strategies which are still in place.
Since entering Dáil Eireann he has taken an active role in championing Educational and Youth Affairs issues. In November 2012 he was appointed as one of the assistant Directors of Election for the Labour Party’s campaign in the Children’s’ Rights Referendum. In June 2013 he published his “Tackling Back to School Costs Report” on behalf of the Education & Social Protection Committee.
Currently he is working on improving the legislation surrounding Incitement to Hatred and has published a bill to amend the criteria of the National Educational Welfare Board, on school attendance, to cover children of the ages 4 – 5.
You can follow him on twitter at www.twitter.com/aodhanoriordain
Aodhan's summer 2012 newsletter