TD Pearse Doherty
Pearse Doherty is Sinn Féin’s Finance Spokesperson as well as a sitting TD for the Constituency of Donegal South West.
Having previously been a member of Donegal County Council from 2004 to 2007, Pearse would later serve as the party’s first Senator following his election onto the Agricultural Panel in 2007. Pearse was first elected as a TD in the 2010 Donegal South West by-election following his successful High Court action against the Government over their failure to call the by-election. Pearse would later go on to top the poll again in the 2011 general election which shortly followed.
Pearse is presently a member of Sinn Féin’s Ard Comhairle, and was a founding member of Ógra Shinn Féin, formally serving on its National Executive between the years 1998 and 2001.
From a rural area himself, Pearse has dedicated much of his time in politics to highlighting the many issues which those living in rural Ireland face today, something which he detailed extensively in a report he compiled entitled “Awakening the West” during his time as a Senator. As the party’s Finance Spokesperson, he is responsible for the preparation of the party’s annual alternative budget submission which aims to promote a fairer and more progressive economy.
Pearse is currently a Chairperson of the Phádraig Mhícheáil Airt Committee, a member of the GAA and is also involved with the local scouts group. Pearse lives in the Donegal Gaeltacht parish of Gaoth Dobhair with his wife Róisín and his four young sons. A fluent Irish speaker, Pearse is a keen advocate of the Irish language and the development of the Gaeltacht regions.