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.
|Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development|
|Assumed office |
14 June 2017
|Preceded by||New office|
|Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal|
19 May 2016 – 14 June 2017
|Preceded by||Paudie Coffey|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
|Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation|
14 July 2014 – 19 May 2016
|Preceded by||Seán Sherlock|
|Succeeded by||John Halligan|
|Assumed office |
May 2002 – May 2007
|Born||21 February 1978|
Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
|Political party||Fine Gael|
|Spouse(s)||Laura Kenny (m. 2007)|
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.
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. 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.
He was party deputy spokesperson on Finance with special responsibility for Banking and Credit from October 2010 to March 2011.
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.
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| Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Meath
|New constituency|| Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Meath West
| Baby of the Dáil
| Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation
| Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal
| Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development