September 1, 1997

Profile of Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Sinn Fein TD for Cavan/Monaghan

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin is a member of the Sinn Fein Ard Comhairle (National Executive) and an elected public representative on Monaghan County Council and Monaghan Urban District Council. He topped the poll for Sinn Fein in Cavan/Monaghan in the 1997 elections, marking a breakthrough for Sinn Fein support in the 26 southern counties of Ireland.

Centrally involved in Sinn Fein's development of its peace strategy, Mr. O'Caolaín has been a key figure in his parties efforts to inform and involve both US public opinion and the Washington Administration in the search for a solution to the conflict in Ireland. He was also a leading member of the Irish Forum for Peace and Reconciliation.

A frequent visitor to the United States, Mr. O'Caolaín was a member of the Sinn Fein delegation that attended the Washington Conference for Trade and Investment on Northern Ireland and Border Counties.

Married with four children, prior to his taking up of a full-time position with Sinn Fein in 1982, Mr. O'Caolaín was employed in banking in Ireland

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