About. Liz O'Donnell - Official Website

A brief biography

Liz O’Donnell was born in Dublin, studied at Trinity College Law School, and after graduation had a career as a lawyer. She was first elected to Dublin City Council in 1991 for the Rathmines Ward. She had earlier been Vice Chair of the Women’s Political Association and had worked on the Presidential Campaign of Mary Robinson.
Liz has works on a diverse portfolio of activities which includes broadcasting, journalism, public affairs consultancy and lecturing.  Liz has now been appointed  as Director of Policy, Government Affairs and Communications for Pharmaceutical firm MSD Irish operations. Alongside this she is also currently the RSA Chairperson.

She lives in Dublin and has two adult children.


Lizs prior positions

Media / Broadcasting

Liz was also an opinion columnist in the Irish Independent daily newspaper which enjoys the biggest readership in Ireland. She wrote mainly on politics and public affairs.

In 2008 Liz O’Donnell wrote and presented a four part documentary series for RTE called “Far Away Up Close”, which dealt with the Irish overseas aid programme..
She also participates in tv and radio programmes, particularly related to her time as Minister and her involvement in the Good Friday negotiations. Read more…

Former Political Career

Liz O’Donnell was first elected to the Dáil in 1992 and served as Progressive Democrats TD for Dublin South from 1992 to 2007.
She was Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1997 -2002 and in this capacity had a role in Anglo Irish relations. She was Chief Whip of the Progressive Democrats and Deputy Leader of the Progressive Democrats.She retired from politics following the 2007 General Election. Read more…

Public Figure

Although Liz retired from politics in 2007, she has not left the public arena and is now involved in a variety of activities. Liz engages in a wide variety of charitable works and fundraising as well as her expansive portfolio of activities relating to the media, broadcasting and journalism, public affairs consultancy and advocacy work as well being involved in Celebrity Apprentice, a six part TV series for TV3 where she acted as an advisor in the Boardroom to Caroline Downey.  Read more…

Quotes from Liz O'Donnell

  • Think of the priorities that have dominated Irish politics for the last thirty years - resolving the problems of the North and relieving poverty and economic stagnation. These have, at times, been an oppressively focused set of objectives. Looking back, few achievements of the past decade shine more brightly, or are threatened by darker forces than the peace process. Read More...
    2003 Speech By Liz O’Donnell TD On Vital Voices In Northern Ireland
    2003 Speech By Liz O’Donnell TD On Vital Voices In Northern Ireland
  • Our economic success now provides the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of the global poor, for them to improve the conditions in which they live and take control of their own destinies. We provide this support not only out of moral and humanitarian imperative... Read full Speech
    Speech by Liz O’Donnell TD on white paper on Irish Aid
    Speech by Liz O’Donnell TD on white paper on Irish Aid
  • So while in the 1980's the challenge was in staunching the flow of emigration, and the loss of so many of our talented and educated young people. Today the challenge is integrating new immigrants into Irish society. This is all good news! It is not a threatening situation. There is no downside economically or socially. If there is, it will be because of a failure of policy and a failure of governance. Read More...
    From Immigration To Integration Party Conference Address By Liz O’Donnell TD
    From Immigration To Integration Party Conference Address By Liz O’Donnell TD
  • But the fact is many Irish youngsters do not have the resources to cope - and mistakenly turn to drugs and alcohol. The Government can and is tackling the criminal gangs on the supply side but, like it or not, the demand is real and drugs and alcohol are very much part of our youth landscape. Read More...
    Speech By Liz O’Donnell T.D. At Launch Of Empower Drug Awareness Campaign
    Speech By Liz O’Donnell T.D. At Launch Of Empower Drug Awareness Campaign