Profile: David Cullinane (SF)

Waterford: Second TD elected of four

 Gerry Adams,  Mary Lou McDonald and  David Cullinane at an EU election press conference in 2004

Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald and David Cullinane at an EU election press conference in 2004

 

A Senator in the last Oireachtas Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane will have the distinction of becoming a new TD on the same day that his wife Kathleen Funchion will also swell the ranks of the party’s Oireachtas team after her election success in Carlow-Kilkenny. Persistence has certainly paid for the 41-year-old who previously contested the 2002, 2007 and 2011 general elections. One of just three Sinn Féin members in the Seanad he has been a frequent, informed and often abrasive contributor across a wide range of areas, with a keen attention to the nuances of legislation.