Eoghan Murphy

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Eoghan Murphy

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Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government
Assumed office
14 June 2017
TaoiseachLeo Varadkar
Preceded bySimon Coveney
Minister of State at the Department of Finance
In office
19 May 2016 – 14 June 2017
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Preceded bySimon Harris
Succeeded byPatrick O'Donovan
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
ConstituencyDublin Bay South
In office
February 2011 – February 2016
ConstituencyDublin South-East
Personal details
Born (1982-04-23) 23 April 1982 (age 37)
Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
RelationsKillian Scott (Brother)
EducationSt Michael's College, Dublin
Alma mater

Eoghan Murphy (born 23 April 1982) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government since June 2017. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Bay South constituency since 2016, and previously from 2011 to 2016 for the Dublin South-East constituency. He previously served as Minister of State at the Department of Finance from 2016 to 2017.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Murphy attended St Michael's College. He went onto study at University College Dublin (BA, English & Philosophy), and King's College London (MA, International Relations).[2]

Prior to entering politics, Murphy worked in international arms control, specifically in the area of nuclear weapons disarmament. He has worked for the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva, Switzerland, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin, and before his election to Dublin City Council, he was working as a speechwriter for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in Vienna, Austria.[3] In a 2015 Dáil debate on Irish neutrality, Murphy supported ending the "triple lock" requirement for Irish military deployment to have United Nations Security Council support, on the ground that it makes Ireland subject to Russia's veto power.[4]

Murphy was elected to Dublin City Council at the 2009 local elections for the local electoral area of PembrokeRathmines.[5] He vacated his council seat upon election to the Dáil at the 2011 general election. In the 31st Dáil he sat on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis.

After the 2016 general election Murphy was appointed as Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform.[6]

Following Leo Varadkar's appointment as Taoiseach, Murphy was promoted to the cabinet, as Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government in June 2017. On 27 September 2018, Murphy survived a motion of no confidence which had been tabled by Sinn Féin. The motion was defeated by 59 to 49 votes.


  1. ^ "Eoghan Murphy". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Vote Murphy #1" (PDF). Eoghan Murphy. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Eoghan Murphy". Fine Gael. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Dáil Debate on Neutrality Bill" (PDF). Eoghan Murphy TD. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Eoghan Murphy". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  6. ^ Collins, Stephen (19 May 2016). "Taoiseach appoints 16 Fine Gael TDs as junior ministers". The Irish Times. Retrieved 20 May 2016.

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Preceded by
Chris Andrews
Lucinda Creighton
John Gormley
Ruairi Quinn
Teachta Dála for Dublin South-East
With: Lucinda Creighton
Kevin Humphreys
Ruairi Quinn
Constituency abolished
New constituency Teachta Dála for Dublin Bay South
With: Jim O'Callaghan
Kate O'Connell
Eamon Ryan
Political offices
Preceded by
Simon Harris
Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement
Succeeded by
Patrick O'Donovan
Preceded by
Simon Coveney
as Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government