I am a native of Newcastle West in Co. Limerick where my constituency office is now located. In February of 2011, I was elected to the Dáil at my first attempt. Prior to becoming a TD, I qualified and worked as an industrial chemist before then becoming a primary school teacher.
After first becoming a member of Limerick County Council in 2003 at the age of 26, I earned a reputation for hard work and fighting for issues that saw me rise to the honour of being the youngest Fine Gael group leader in the country. That reputation also helped me ultimately get selected by the party to contest the 2011 General Election in County Limerick.
I was selected by An Taoiseach to be a member of the Joint Committee on Transport & Communications as well as being named on internal Fine Gael Committees on Education, Environment and Foreign Affairs. I am also the Chairperson of the Fine Gael internal committee on Public Expenditure and Reform. It was also my privilege to be chosen by Enda Kenny to be a member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly and in December 2014 to be appointed to the Public Accounts Committee.
On the 19th of May, 2016 I was appointed by an Taoiseach Enda Kenny as Minister of State for Tourism and Sport. I was absolutely thrilled with the appointment and consider it a huge honour. I hope to play a very active role in this Dáil term both at home representing my constituents and abroad, representing Ireland when promoting our proud cultrual heritage and sporting prestige.