Paul Kehoe

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]

Paul Kehoe

Minister of State at the Department of Defence
Assumed office
9 March 2011
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Leo Varadkar
Preceded byJohn Curran
Government Chief Whip
In office
9 March 2011  6 May 2016
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Preceded byJohn Curran
Succeeded byRegina Doherty
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
May 2002
Personal details
Born (1973-01-11) 11 January 1973
Bree, County Wexford, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Brigid O'Connor (m. 2007)
Alma materKildalton Agricultural College

Early and private life

Kehoe was born in Bree, County Wexford, in 1973. 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

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