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Lucilita Bhreatnach is an Irish republican politician.

Growing up in Dublin, Bhreatnach joined Sinn Féin at the age of sixteen and was subsequently active in the Anti H-Block campaign, becoming the Chair of the Stop Strip-Searching Campaign. She worked for the Sinn Féin newspaper An Phoblacht in 1982, then on the Australia Desk in the party's Foreign Affairs Bureau.[1]

In 1986, Bhreatnach was elected to the party's Ard Chomhairle, and in 1988, she became its General Secretary.[1] At the 1994 European Parliament election, Bhreatnach stood in Leinster, but took only 2.5% of the votes cast and lost her deposit.[2] At the Northern Ireland Forum election in 1996, Bhreatnach did not stand in a constituency, but was elected as she was placed first on Sinn Féin's "top-up" list.[3]

Bhreatnach was part of the Sinn Féin delegation to talks at Downing Street in 1998 in the lead-up to the Belfast Agreement.[4] From 1999 until 2002, she headed the party's Electoral Department,[1] opposing the Nice referendum and planning for the 2001 UK general election. She stood down as General Secretary in early 2003, moving to a new role,[5] reorganising the party's Roinn an Chultúir and worked as head of its Equality Section, focussing on gender equality.[1] In 2003, she organised a Sinn Féin conference, "Engine for Change — Women and Equality"[6]

As of 2005, Bhreatnach worked as a journalist.[1] In December 2007, she was appointed to the all-Ireland Irish language body Foras na Gaeilge,[7] and represents that body on the Audience Committee of RTÉ.[8]


Party political offices
Preceded by
Joe Reilly
General Secretary of Sinn Féin
Succeeded by
Mitchel McLaughlin


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