Heather Humphreys (born 14 May 1963) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation since November 2017. She has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cavan–Monaghan constituency since 2011.
|Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation|
|Assumed office |
30 November 2017
|Preceded by||Leo Varadkar (acting)|
|Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht|
14 June 2017 – 30 November 2017
|Preceded by||New office|
|Succeeded by||Josepha Madigan|
|Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs|
6 May 2016 – 14 June 2017
|Preceded by||New Office|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
|Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht|
11 July 2014 – 6 May 2016
|Preceded by||Jimmy Deenihan|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
|Assumed office |
14 May 1963
Drum, County Monaghan, Ireland
|Political party||Fine Gael|
|Spouse(s)||Eric Humphreys (m. 1996)|
|Alma mater||NUI Galway|
She previously served as Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht from June 2017 to November 2017, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs from 2016 to 2017 and Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht from 2014 to 2016.
Humphreys was born in the village of Drum, County Monaghan. Raised as a Presbyterian, her father is a member of the Orange Order, while her grandfather, Robert James Stewart, signed the Ulster Covenant opposing Home Rule in 1912. Humphreys was educated at St. Aidan's Comprehensive School in Cootehill. She then attended University College Galway (now NUI Galway). For a number of years she worked as an official with Ulster Bank and the Credit Union. She was later appointed manager of Cootehill Credit Union.
Early political career
Following the abolition of the dual mandate in 2003, Humphreys was co-opted onto Monaghan County Council in succession to Seymour Crawford. She was elected in her own right at the 2004 and once again in 2009 local elections. She was elected as Mayor of Monaghan County Council in 2009. While a member of the council, she served as Chair of the Council's Strategic Policy Committee on Planning and Economic Development.
After an initial period on the backbenches, Humphreys was appointed Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, following a cabinet reshuffle in July 2014.
Following the formation of a Fine Gael minority government in May 2016, Humphreys was appointed to the newly created position of Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Humphreys was a surprise appointment to the position of Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, following a cabinet reshuffle in July 2014. After just a few months in the position she became embroiled in controversy over her appointment of John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). McNulty was a Fine Gael candidate for a Seanad by-election and his appointment occurred a few days before his nomination was announced. Humphreys was accused of stroke politics and cronyism.
In her role as the Minister responsible for the preparations of the 2016 Easter Rising centenary celebrations, she said:
|“||Given my background as a Protestant and an Ulsterwoman who is a proud Irish republican, I appreciate the need to respect the differing traditions on this island.||”|
Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Humphreys was appointed to the newly expanded position of Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs following the formation of a Fine Gael minority government on 6 May 2016.
Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation
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- "Heather Humphreys: 1916 commemorations belong to all". The Irish Times. 31 March 2015.
- "The new cabinet". Irish Independent. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
- "Taoiseach names Simon Coveney as new Tánaiste". RTÉ News. 30 November 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
| Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Cavan–Monaghan
| Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
|New office|| Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
as Minister for Arts and Culture
as Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
| Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
| Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation