Helen McEntee

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Helen McEntee
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
March 2013
Constituency Meath East
Personal details
Born (1986-06-01) 1 June 1986 (age 29)
County Meath, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Alma mater Dublin City University

Helen McEntee (born June 1986)[1] is an Irish Fine Gael politician for Meath East,[2] who was elected as a Teachta Dála (TD) at the 2013 Meath East by-election.[3][4] The by-election was caused by the death of her father Shane McEntee.

Early life[edit]

McEntee attended St Joseph's Mercy Secondary School in Navan, Co Meath. She studied economics, politics and law at Dublin City University (DCU) (2004-2006). After finishing college in 2007, she worked for a subsidiary of Citibank. In 2010, she completed a Masters in Media and Communications at DCU.[1]

In 2010, she began to work in Leinster House with her father, who was then an opposition TD. She also worked with her father at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine when he was appointed Minister of State.[5]

Political career[edit]

McEntee was elected to Dáil Eireann in the by-election resulting from the death of her father. She is the second youngest TD and youngest female TD in the 31st Dáil.[6] She took her seat in the Dáil on 16 April 2013, where she was welcomed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and other political leaders.[7]

After her election, the McEntee family was accused by Sinn Féin North Tipperary County Councillor Seamus Morris of putting their grief to one side to keep their "snouts in the trough". Morris later withdrew his comments.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Helen McEntee TD". Irish Independent. 5 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ms. Helen McEntee". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Helen McEntee wins Meath East by-election after third count". RTÉ News. 28 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Helen McEntee". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Profile: Helen McEntee, the Dáil's second youngest TD". The Irish Times. 29 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Helen McEntee set to become youngest female TD in the Dáil". Irish Independent. 29 March 2013. 
  7. ^ McEnroe, Juno (17 April 2013). "McEntee welcomed into the Dáil by political family". The Irish Examiner (Landmark Media Investments). Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "SF councillor apologises for 'crass' McEntee jibe". BreakingNews.ie. 12 April 2013. 

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Preceded by
Shane McEntee
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Meath East