I’m a native of Newcastle West in Co. Limerick, and I was elected to the Dáil on my first attempt in February 2011. Prior to becoming a TD, I qualified and worked as an industrial chemist before then qualifying as a teacher. I served as a member of Limerick County Council from 2003 to 2011.
Following my election to the Dáil in 2011 I was selected to be a member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly, whose role it is to promote co-operation between political representatives in Britain and Ireland and build on the close relationships established in recent years between politicians throughout Britain and Ireland. During the 31st Dáil the Taoiseach also appointed me to the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Transport and Communications, and the Public Accounts Committee.
I was re- elected to the 32nd Dáil in February 2016 and was appointed by former Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD as the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport. In June 2017 I was appointed Minister of State at the Departments of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment, by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD.