Damien English

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Damien English
Damien English 2015.jpg
English in 2015
Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal
Assumed office
19 May 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by Paudie Coffey
Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation
In office
July 2014 – May 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by Seán Sherlock
Succeeded by John Halligan
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
May 2007
Constituency Meath West
In office
May 2002 – May 2007
Constituency Meath
Personal details
Born (1978-02-21) 21 February 1978 (age 39)
Drogheda, Louth, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Laura Kenny
Children 4
Alma mater
Website www.damienenglish.ie

Damien English (born 21 February 1978) is an Irish Fine Gael politician and a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Meath West constituency.[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

English was educated at Bohermeen National School in County Meath, and went on to attend Kells Community School. He further studied and part qualified with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants at the Dublin Institute of Technology and the Dublin Business School. He is married to Laura, and they have one son and three daughters.

Political career[edit]

English first entered politics when he was elected to Meath County Council in 1999 for the local electoral area of Navan, where he was the youngest council member.

At the 2002 general election, he was elected to the 29th Dáil as a TD for the Meath constituency along with his Fine Gael colleague John Bruton.[2] He was the youngest TD in the 29th Dáil aged 24 years. He has been elected at each of the last three General Elections since 2002 - in 2007, 2011 and in 2016.

English was elected secretary to the Fine Gael parliamentary party in September 2002, and became the party deputy spokesperson on Arts, Sports and Tourism. In October 2004 he was appointed deputy spokesperson on Justice and Community Affairs with special responsibility for Drugs, Alcohol and Crime Prevention. He was a member of the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly from 2002 to 2007. He served as deputy spokesperson on Enterprise with special responsibility for Labour Affairs and Small Business from 2007 to 2010.

In January 2007 English was linked to a statement by fellow Fine Gael TD John Deasy regarding Deasy's intention to run for party leader if Enda Kenny failed to bring the party into government following the 2007 general election. English dismissed these claims as being false.[3]

He was party deputy spokesperson on Finance with special responsibility for Banking and Credit from October 2010 to March 2011.

On 15 July 2014, he was appointed as Minister of State with responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation at the Departments of Education and Skills and Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.[4]

On 19 May 2016, he was appointed Minister of State with responsibility for Housing and Urban Renewal at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.[5]


  1. ^ "Mr. Damien English". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Damien English". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Calls for election focus within Fine Gael". RTÉ News. 5 January 2007. 
  4. ^ "Simon Harris among new Ministers of State". RTÉ News. 15 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Revealed: These are the Junior Ministers of the 32nd Dáil - Independent.ie". Retrieved 2016-08-28. [permanent dead link]

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Preceded by
John Farrelly
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Meath
Constituency abolished
New constituency Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Meath West
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Denis Naughten
Baby of the Dáil
Succeeded by
Lucinda Creighton
Political offices
Preceded by
Seán Sherlock
Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation