Fergus ODowd TD is Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and Environment, Community & Local Govt, with responsibility for the NewEra Project.
He has held a number of senior positions on the Fine Gael Front Bench and is a former Senator and Mayor of Drogheda.
Fergus represents the constituency of Louth.
Facts about Fergus:
He was named Magill Magazine TD of the Year in 2006 for putting Irish Nursing Home Care in the spotlight long before it gained popular support.
He is the founding chairman of the Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda.
Fergus is married to Agnes and has three grown up children.
He likes swimming and reading, in particular books about French History.
His favourite author is Ernest Hemingway, and his favourite book is "For Whom the Bell Tolls."
He has a keen interest in the Irish language, and regularly spends time in Gaeltacht regions, especially in West Kerry.