|Minister of State for Housing and Planning|
14 July 2014 – 19 May 2016
|Preceded by||Jan O'Sullivan|
|Succeeded by||Damien English|
11 May 2016
|Constituency||Nominated by the Taoiseach|
29 July 2007 – 25 February 2011
|Constituency||Industrial and Commercial Panel|
February 2011 – February 2016
15 May 1969 |
|Political party||Fine Gael|
Paudie Coffey (born 15 May 1969) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as a Senator since May 2016, upon being Nominated by the Taoiseach. He previously served as Minister of State for Housing and Planning from 2014 to 2016. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Waterford constituency from 2011 to 2016.
He was first elected to Waterford County Council in 1999 for the Suir electoral area, and re-elected in 2004. He was an unsuccessful candidate at the 2007 general election for the Waterford constituency but was subsequently elected to Seanad Éireann in July 2007 on the Industrial and Commercial Panel.
Coffey was elected for the Waterford constituency at the 2011 general election with 9,698 (18.1%) first preference votes. On 15 July 2014, he was appointed as Minister of State with responsibility for Housing, Planning and Co-ordination of the Construction 2020 Strategy at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. He lost his seat at the 2016 general election. He remained as a junior minister in an acting capacity during prolonged talks on government formation, earning €6,611 in that time.
Senator Coffey was instrumental in the introduction of the Construction Contracts Act 2013. The Act will regularise payment terms between construction companies and puts in place a dispute resolution process aimed at reducing days lost and costs on construction projects.
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|Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Waterford
|Minister of State for Housing, Planning and
Co-ordination of the Construction 2020 Strategy