Fiachra Ó Céilleachair, Comhalta Údarás na Gaeltachta


Fiachra is currently a member of Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Political Career

  • Active in student politics in Maynooth College, where he joined the Workers Party. Fiachra helped found Democratic Left in 1992 and was later appointed that party's National Organiser during its period in the Rainbow Government. Co-opted to replace the late Tony Wright on Dungarvan UDC and Waterford County Council in November 1997. Fiachra was elected to the Executive of the Labour Party in January 1999, upon its merger with Democratic Left. He was twice re-elected to that body, serving until 2005. Fiachra was elected to Waterford County Council for the Dungarvan electoral area in June 1999. Fiachra was the sole Labour representative elected to Údarás na Gaeltachta in December 1999, taking 56% of the first preference vote on a 70% turnout in the Co. Waterford Gaeltact electoral area. Fiachra was re-elected to that posiiton, similarily pulling in half of all first preference votes in the 2005 Údarás election. Fiachra is unique as a Labour Party representative in having twice in succesion been elected in a single seat constituency. Fiachra Ó Céilleachair has been Leas Cathaoirleach of the Labour Councillors Association. Fiachra was elected to Dungarvan Town Council in June 2004 and was chosen as Mayor for the June 2005/April 2006 period. Fiachra announced in October 2008 that he would not be a candidate in either the local elections due in June 2009 or in a subsequent Údarás na Gaeltachta elections - which were since replaced by a new Board slection process in the Gaeltacht Act 2012


  • Press and Information Officer with the Communications Dept of the Health Service Executive (HSE).



Other Interests

  • Member of sub-committees of Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Family Background

  • Fiachra's late wife Siobhán Smyth (a secondary teacher from Co. Louth) passed away in 2013. Their son is Ruán and daughters are Sadhbh and Gráinne. Fiachra's parents in Ring are Tomás Ó Céilleachair, former teacher at Coláiste na Rinne, and Ann Mulqueen, traditional singer. Fiachra's three sisters are Odharnait, Sorcha and Neasa. His brother is Ógie.

Birth Details

  • Born April 28th, 1970


  • Educated at Scoil Náisiúnta na Rinne, Coláiste na Rinne and Meánscoil San Nioclás in Ring, Co. Waterford. Following a BA, Fiachra completed Masters degree in Sociology by thesis at NUI Maynooth College. Fiachra also possesses a diploma in politics from Boston College, USA and a computer skills certificate.

An Comhalta Fiachra Ó Céilleachair

Ireland - South : Waterford
Home Address:
15 Bealach Montelado, Cluain Feirme, Bothar Dhún Mhór
Port Láirge
Co. Phort Láirge
087 2220235(m)

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