Chris O'Leary

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Chris O'Leary
Chris O'Leary 2015.jpg
O'Leary in 2015
Lord Mayor of Cork
In office
June 2015 – June 2016
Preceded byMary Shields
Succeeded byDes Cahill
Cork City Councillor
Assumed office
June 2002
ConstituencyCork City South East
Personal details
Political partySinn Féin (2010–present)[1]
Other political
Independent (2009–10)
Green Party (until 2009)

Chris O'Leary is an Irish Sinn Féin politician. He was formerly a Cork City Councillor and Lord Mayor of Cork.[2] With a background in community development projects, in 2002 he was co-opted into the council to replace his Green Party colleague Dan Boyle who had been elected a TD.[3] O'Leary left the Green Party in 2009,[4] and was an independent councillor prior to joining Sinn Féin in 2010.[5] He became Lord Mayor of Cork in June 2015,[6] in the second year of a D'Hondt method rotation agreed for the office in 2014.[7][8][9] He was Lord Mayor of Cork from June 2015 to June 2016, when he was replaced by Fine Gael politician Des Cahill.[10] In the 2019 Irish local elections, O'Leary was not reelected, one of two Sinn Féin councillors to lose seats on Cork City Council.[11]

His brother Don O'Leary was also a Sinn Féin Councillor for Cork City.[12][13]

O'Leary is a patron of the People's Movement.[14]


  1. ^ "Chris O'Leary". Elections Ireland. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Cork elects first Sinn Féin lord mayor in 90 years". Irish Times. 13 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Ex-Green councillor to join Sinn Féin in Cork". Irish Times. 8 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Green councillor quits over party's Govt performance". 21 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Cork Councillor joins Sinn Féin". RTÉ News. 8 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Historic victory as Sinn Fein gets first lord mayor of Cork in 90 years". Irish Examiner. 13 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Cork city council opts for 'inclusive' d'Hondt system". Irish Times. 6 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Cork City Mayoral agreement is not a "pact" says Sinn Fein". 9 June 2014.
  9. ^ "O'Leary will be next Lord Mayor". Evening Echo. 21 March 2015. Archived from the original on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Des Cahill elected Lord Mayor of Cork two years after losing business". Irish Examiner. 26 June 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Major loss for Sinn Féin in Cork city as Chris O'Leary and Mick Nugent lose their seats". The Echo. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Ex-Green Councillor joins Sinn Fein". Irish Times. 8 July 2010.
  13. ^ "Don O Leary". Elections Ireland. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Patrons". The Peoples Movement. Retrieved 27 May 2019.