Simon Harris (politician)

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Simon Harris
TD
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Minister of State at the Department of Finance
Incumbent
Assumed office
15 July 2014
Preceded by Brian Hayes
Teachta Dála
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 2011
Constituency Wicklow
Personal details
Born (1986-12-17) 17 December 1986 (age 28)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Website www.simonharris.ie

Simon Harris (born 17 December 1986) is an Irish Fine Gael politician.[1][2] He was elected as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Wicklow constituency at the 2011 general election.[3]

He was educated in St. David's Secondary School, Greystones, County Wicklow. He completed a BA in Journalism at Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street.[4]

Before his election to the Dáil, he served on Wicklow County Council, having been elected in June 2009 with the highest percentage vote of any County Councillor in Ireland. He was also a member of Greystones Town Council.[3]

As a County Councillor, Harris served as Chairperson of the County Wicklow Joint Policing Committee and Chairperson of the HSE Regional Health Forum. He was a member of Wicklow County Council's Housing Strategic Policy Committee and Wicklow Vocational Educational Committee.

He is the youngest member of the 31st Dáil.[5]

Harris served as a member of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC),[6] and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform.[7]

He served as a member of the Oireachtas cross party group on Mental Health and introduced the Mental Health (Anti Discrimination) Bill 2013 in June 2013.

He ran unsuccessfully as a Fine Gael candidate in the South constituency for the 2014 European Parliament election.

On 15 July 2014, he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Public Procurement and International Banking.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Simon Harris". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Collins, Stephen (2011). Nealon's Guide to the 31st Dáil and 24th Seanad. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. p. 185. ISBN 9780717150595. 
  3. ^ a b "Simon Harris". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  4. ^ http://books.google.ie/books?id=RP6UAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA303&lpg=PA303&dq=DIT+Aungier+Street+(Journalism)+simon+harris&source=bl&ots=1fGB_Q1Ddi&sig=ydObiawNPqidUSk3fRAxVllNBuQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zFPFU5HIDIiA7Qa-m4DYAw&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=DIT%20Aungier%20Street%20(Journalism)%20simon%20harris&f=false
  5. ^ "Meet your 76 new TDs". RTÉ News. 9 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Public Accounts Committee - Membership". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform - Membership". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Simon Harris among new Ministers of State". RTÉ News. 15 July 2014. 

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
Dick Roche
(Fianna Fáil)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Wicklow
2011–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Hayes
Minister of State at the Department of Finance
2014–present
Incumbent