Paul Kehoe

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Paul Kehoe
Paul Kehoe TD.jpg
Minister of State for Defence
Assumed office
9 March 2011
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Leo Varadkar
Preceded by John Curran
Government Chief Whip
In office
9 March 2011 – 6 May 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by John Curran
Succeeded by Regina Doherty
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
May 2002
Constituency Wexford
Personal details
Born (1973-01-11) 11 January 1973 (age 45)
Bree, County Wexford, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Brigid O'Connor (m. 2007)
Children 3
Alma mater Kildalton Agricultural College
Website Official website

Paul Kehoe (born 11 January 1973) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Minister of State at the Department of Defence since 2011. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Wexford constituency since 2002. He previously served as Government Chief Whip from 2011 to 2016.[1][2]

Early and private life[edit]

Kehoe was born in Bree, County Wexford. He is the son of Myles and Bernadette Kehoe.[3] He was educated at St Mary's CBS, Enniscorthy, and Kildalton Agricultural College, County Kilkenny.[2] Kehoe is also a farmer.[1] He is married to Brigid O'Connor, of Taghmon.[3]

Political career[edit]

Kehoe was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fine Gael TD for the Wexford constituency at the 2002 general election.[4] In June 2002, Enda Kenny became leader of the Fine Gael party and Kehoe was appointed Fine Gael Spokesperson for Communications, Marine and Environment. He has also served as Fine Gael Assistant Chief Whip. He was re-elected at the 2007, 2011 and 2016 general elections.[4]

He was appointed as Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Defence on 9 March 2011. Following the formation of a Fine Gael minority government in May 2016, Kehoe retained the portfolio of Minister of State at the Department of Defence, but not Government Chief Whip.


  1. ^ a b "Mr. Paul Kehoe". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Paul Kehoe TD". Fine Gael website. Retrieved 12 June 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Everything just Fine' on TD Paul's big day". New Ross Standard. 3 October 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Paul Kehoe". Retrieved 22 September 2009. 

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Preceded by
Michael D'Arcy
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Wexford
Political offices
Preceded by
John Curran
Government Chief Whip
Succeeded by
Regina Doherty
Minister of State at the Department of Defence