Damien English

Damien English (born 21 February 1978) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development since June 2017. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Meath West constituency since 2007, and previously from 2002 to 2007 for the Meath constituency. He previously served as Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal from 2016 to 2017 and Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation from 2014 to 2016.[1]

Damien English

Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development
Assumed office
14 June 2017
TaoiseachLeo Varadkar
Preceded byNew office
Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal
In office
19 May 2016  14 June 2017
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Preceded byPaudie Coffey
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation
In office
14 July 2014  19 May 2016
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Preceded bySeán Sherlock
Succeeded byJohn Halligan
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
May 2007
ConstituencyMeath West
In office
May 2002  May 2007
ConstituencyMeath
Personal details
Born (1978-02-21) 21 February 1978
Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Laura Kenny (m. 2007)
Children4
Alma mater
Websitedamienenglish.ie

Early and personal life

English was educated at Bohermeen National School in County Meath, and went on to attend Kells Community School. He further studied and part qualified with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants at the Dublin Institute of Technology and Dublin Business School. He is married to Laura, and they have one son and three daughters.

Political career

English first entered politics when he was elected to Meath County Council in 1999, for the local electoral area of Navan, where he was the youngest council member.

At the 2002 general election, he was elected to the 29th Dáil as a TD for the Meath constituency, along with his Fine Gael colleague John Bruton.[2] He was the youngest TD in the 29th Dáil, aged 24 years.

English was elected secretary to the Fine Gael parliamentary party in September 2002, and became the party deputy spokesperson on Arts, Sports and Tourism. In October 2004, he was appointed deputy spokesperson on Justice and Community Affairs with special responsibility for Drugs, Alcohol and Crime Prevention. He was a member of the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly from 2002 to 2007. He served as deputy spokesperson on Enterprise with special responsibility for Labour Affairs and Small Business from 2007 to 2010.

In January 2007, English was linked to a statement by fellow Fine Gael TD John Deasy, regarding Deasy's intention to run for the leadership of the party if Enda Kenny failed to bring the party into government following the 2007 general election. English dismissed these claims as being false.[3]

He was party deputy spokesperson on Finance with special responsibility for Banking and Credit from October 2010 to March 2011.

On 15 July 2014, he was appointed as Minister of State with responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation at the Departments of Education and Skills and Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.[4]

He served as Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal from May 2016 to June 2017. He was appointed Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development in May 2017.[5]

References

  1. "Damien English". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
  2. "Damien English". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
  3. "Calls for election focus within Fine Gael". RTÉ News. 5 January 2007.
  4. "Simon Harris among new Ministers of State". RTÉ News. 15 July 2014.
  5. "Revealed: These are the Junior Ministers of the 32nd Dáil - Independent.ie". Archived from the original on 19 May 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
Oireachtas
Preceded by
John Farrelly
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Meath
20022007
Constituency abolished
New constituency Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Meath West
2007–present
Incumbent
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Denis Naughten
Baby of the Dáil
2002–2007
Succeeded by
Lucinda Creighton
Political offices
Preceded by
Seán Sherlock
Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation
2014–2016
Succeeded by
John Halligan
Preceded by
Paudie Coffey
Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal
2016–2017
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Preceded by
New office
Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development
2017–present
Incumbent
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