|Minister of State for
Skills, Research and Innovation
|Preceded by||Seán Sherlock|
May 2002 – May 2007
21 February 1978 |
Drogheda, County Louth
|Political party||Fine Gael|
|Alma mater||Dublin Institute of Technology,
Dublin Business School
Early and personal life
He educated at Bohermeen National School in County Meath, and 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 Kenny, and they have one son and three daughters.
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. He was the youngest TD in the 29th Dáil.
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.
He was party deputy spokesperson on Finance with special responsibility for Banking and Credit from October 2010 to March 2011.
|Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Meath
|New constituency||Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Meath West
|Baby of the Dáil
|Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation