Paschal Donohoe

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Paschal Donohoe
TD
Paschal Donohoe 2015.png
Donohoe in 2015
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by Brendan Howlin
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
In office
11 July 2014 – 6 May 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by Leo Varadkar
Succeeded by Shane Ross
Minister of State for European Affairs
In office
12 July 2013 – 11 July 2014
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by Lucinda Creighton
Succeeded by Dara Murphy
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2011
Constituency Dublin Central
Senator
In office
24 July 2007 – 25 February 2011
Constituency Administrative Panel
Personal details
Born (1974-09-19) 19 September 1974 (age 42)
Phibsborough, Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Justine Donohoe (m. 2001)
Children 2
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin
Website www.paschaldonohoe.ie

Paschal Donohoe (born 19 September 1974) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform since May 2016. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) since 2011, currently for the Dublin Central constituency. He served as Minister of State for European Affairs from 2013 to 2014 and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport from 2014 to 2016. He was a Senator for the Administrative Panel from 2007 to 2011.[1]

Donohoe was educated at St Declan's CBS Cabra and obtained a degree in Politics and Economics from Trinity College, Dublin.[2] He served as Secretary of the University Philosophical Society during his time in Trinity College.[citation needed] He was first elected to Dublin City Council in 2004, for the Cabra-Glasnevin electoral area. During this time he was Chairperson of the Central Area Committee, Chairperson of the Environmental Strategic Policy Committee and a member of the City Corporate Policy Committee.

He was an unsuccessful candidate at the 2007 general election in the Dublin Central constituency, but was elected to Seanad Éireann on the Administrative Panel in July 2007.[3] He was appointed in October 2007 as Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Transport and the Marine. He was a member of the Joint Oireachtas committee on Transport and the Joint Oireachtas committee on European Affairs. He was appointed Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Ireland's Future in Europe by Enda Kenny in October 2008. On 24 March 2009, he was nominated by Fine Gael to run in the Dublin Central by-election caused by the death of Tony Gregory,[4] but he was unsuccessful in this election. He topped the poll at the 2011 general election and was elected on the 2nd count.[3]

Following the resignation of Lucinda Creighton, he was appointed as Minister of State for European Affairs in July 2013.[5] As part of a Cabinet reshuffle, Donohoe was appointed Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in July 2014.[6] Following the 2016 general election and prolonged talks on government formation, he was appointed Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Paschal Donohoe". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 3 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "About Paschal". paschaldonohoe.ie. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Paschal Donohoe". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 3 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Late show row senator for election". Evening Herald. 25 March 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2009. 
  5. ^ "Lucinda Creighton to resign as junior minister, Paschal Donohoe takes role". RTÉ News. 12 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Fiach Kelly, Stephen Collins (journalist) (2014-07-11). "Five new ministers appointed to Cabinet". Irish Times. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
Bertie Ahern
(Fianna Fáil)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Dublin Central
2011–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Lucinda Creighton
Minister of State for European Affairs
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Dara Murphy
Preceded by
Leo Varadkar
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
2014–2016
Succeeded by
Shane Ross
Preceded by
Brendan Howlin
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform
2016–present
Incumbent