Paschal Donohoe

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Paschal Donohoe
Paschal Donohoe 2012.jpg
Donohoe in 2012
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
Assumed office
11 July 2014
Preceded by Leo Varadkar
Minister of State for European Affairs
In office
12 July 2013 – 11 July 2014
Preceded by Lucinda Creighton
Succeeded by Dara Murphy
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2011
Constituency Dublin Central
In office
July 2007 – February 2011
Constituency Administrative Panel
Personal details
Born (1974-09-19) 19 September 1974 (age 41)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin

Paschal Donohoe (born 19 September 1974) is an Irish Fine Gael politician. He was elected as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Central constituency at the 2011 general election.[1] He was appointed as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in July 2014.

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 on 12 July 2013.[5]

Donohoe was appointed Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport on 11 July 2014, as part of a Cabinet reshuffle.[6]


  1. ^ "Mr. Paschal Donohoe". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 3 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "About Paschal". Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Paschal Donohoe". 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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Preceded by
Bertie Ahern
(Fianna Fáil)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Dublin Central
Political offices
Preceded by
Lucinda Creighton
Minister of State for European Affairs
Succeeded by
Dara Murphy
Preceded by
Leo Varadkar
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport