Paudie Coffey (born 15 May 1969) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as a Senator since May 2016, after 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.
|Assumed office |
11 May 2016
|Constituency||Nominated by the Taoiseach|
29 July 2007 – 25 February 2011
|Constituency||Industrial and Commercial Panel|
|Minister of State for Housing and Planning|
14 July 2014 – 19 May 2016
|Preceded by||Jan O'Sullivan|
|Succeeded by||Damien English|
February 2011 – February 2016
|Born||15 May 1969|
|Political party||Fine Gael|
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.
Coffey was instrumental in the introduction of the Construction Contracts Act 2013. The Act regularises payment terms between construction companies, and puts in place a dispute resolution process aimed at reducing days lost and costs on construction projects.
Kilkenny People court case
Coffey alleged he was defamed by the Kilkenny People newspaper on 15 January 2016. He was nicknamed 'Coffey the Robber' after the newspaper published an article containing a press release by constituency rival John Paul Phelan. The comparison was based on William Crotty, who was an 18th century criminal known as Crotty the Robber. Coffey settled out of court on 31 July 2019.
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- "Fine Gael TD was surprised by 'Coffey the Robber' headline on article". The Irish Times. 30 November 2010.
- "Fine Gael Senator Paudie Coffey settles 'highway robber' defamation case". Irish Independent. 31 July 2019.
| Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Waterford
| Minister of State for Housing, Planning and
Co-ordination of the Construction 2020 Strategy