Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD
Pádraig Mac Lochlainn is a TD for Donegal North East.
He is Sinn Féin's 26 County Spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Defence.
He served as Sinn Féin's 26 County Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade from March 2011 to September 2012.
Prior to being elected to the Dáil in Febuary 2011, he had served on Donegal County Council and Buncrana Town Council.
In the 2004 and 2009 local elections, he was elected to represent the people of Inishowen on Donegal County Council and in those elections, he was also elected to Buncrana Town Council. Pádraig had been co-opted on to Buncrana Town Council in January 2002 to replace Jim Ferry who had retired.
He has twice served as Mayor of Buncrana in 2005/2006 and 2010/2011 and has served once as Deputy Mayor of Donegal 2010/2011.
At national level, he was the Director of Sinn Féin's successful campaign against the Lisbon Treaty in 2008.
He has served as Chairperson of his party's National Councillors Forum (NCF) and has served on the Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle (National Executive).
He was appointed to the board of InterTradeIreland, the Trade and Business Development Body in December 2007 and served on the board up until March 2011.
Incensed by the high levels of unemployment in his native county, he acted as the Donegal spokesperson for the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) from 1997 to 2001. He also served on the INOU National Executive from 1997 until 2000 as well as representing the organisation on the National Rural Development Forum.
At local level, he was a community director on the Inishowen Partnership Board for 5 years from 1996 to 2001.
His work as a community activist and political representative has led him to speak at conferences across Europe on the issues of unemployment, regional neglect and rural poverty.
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