Madeline was first elected to office in 1999 and has much experience in local politics; her father Andy O’Brien represented the people of Cavan before her. She was elected as Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council in 2018-19.
Madeline is married to Terry and they have four children. She is deeply committed to improving access facilities for the disabled and is also a supporter of many local charities such as the CSPCA.
Education and access to education are high on Madeline’s agenda; she is currently dedicated to improving the educational facilities which are available to the people of Cavan. She is presently focused on transforming the recently purchased Army Barracks into a VEC centre in order to give the largest amount of people locally easy access to ongoing and further education. Madeline also has a huge interest in promoting local arts and also been involved in the writing of the book ‘’100 Years of Camogie’ ’ which discusses the central role this particular sport has played in Cavan over the period of the last century. A hardworking, dedicated and well-informed local woman she takes great pride in her role as a public representative for the people of Cavan.