September 2002 – May 2007
|Constituency||Industrial and Commercial Panel|
6 March 1958 |
County Longford, Ireland
|Political party||Fine Gael|
A native of Legan, County Longford, he worked as a farmer and auctioneer before entering politics.
He was first elected to Longford County Council at the 1985 local elections for the Ballymahon electoral area, and was successively re-elected to the County Council at the 1991 and 1999 local elections, receiving the largest number of first-preference votes in the electoral area on each occasion. He has served as Chairperson of Longford County Council, becoming the youngest person ever to do so.
In 2002, he was elected to Seanad Éireann as a Fine Gael candidate by the Industrial and Commercial Panel. He stood down as a member of Longford County Council when legislation was introduced prohibiting serving members of the Oireachtas from being members of local authorities, and was succeeded by his brother, Larry. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2007 general election for Longford–Westmeath.
He served as the party Deputy spokesperson on Environment with special responsibility for Heritage from 2007 to 2010. In October 2010, he was appointed as Deputy spokesperson on Environment with special responsibility for Local and Community Development.
|Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Longford–Westmeath