Heather Humphreys

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Heather Humphreys
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Assumed office
11 July 2014
Preceded by Jimmy Deenihan
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2011
Constituency Cavan–Monaghan
Personal details
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Religion Presbyterian
Website www.heatherhumphreys.ie

Heather Humphreys is an Irish Fine Gael politician and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.[1] She was elected at the 2011 general election as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cavan–Monaghan constituency.[2]

From Aghabog near Newbliss in County Monaghan, Humphreys was co-opted on to Monaghan County Council in 2003 and was twice re-elected in 2004 and 2009.[2] She was elected as Mayor of Monaghan County Council in 2009.[3] She was previously Chair of the Council's Strategic Policy Committee on Planning and Economic Development.

Humphreys was educated at St Aidan's Comprehensive School in Cootehill, County Cavan. She worked for a number of years with Ulster Bank. Prior to her election to Dáil Éireann she was Manager of Cootehill Credit Union.[3]

She was appointed as Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in July 2014.[4] She is the only Presbyterian member of the Oireachtas.[5] On her role as minister in charge of the 1916 Easter Rising centenary celebrations, she said: "Given my background as a Protestant and an Ulsterwoman who is a proud Irish republican, I appreciate the need to respect the differing traditions on this island."[6]

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  1. ^ "Ms. Heather Humphreys". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Heather Humphreys". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Heather Humphreys". Election 2011 (TheJournal.ie). Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "As It Happened: Cabinet reshuffle". RTÉ News. 14 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Profile: Heather Humphreys". Irish Independent. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Heather Humphreys: 1916 commemorations belong to all". The Irish Times. 31 March 2015. 

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Preceded by
Margaret Conlon
(Fianna Fáil)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Cavan–Monaghan
Political offices
Preceded by
Jimmy Deenihan
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht