Michael Noonan TD was appointed Minister for Finance on March 9, 2011. He was first elected to the Dail in 1981 and has held a number of senior cabinet positions. He represents the constituency of Limerick City.
Michael was leader of Fine Gael between February, 2001 and May, 2002.
He was Minister for Justice between 1982 and1986. He held two different ministerial posts between 1986 and 1987, that of Minister for Industry, Commerce and Trade and Minister for Energy respectively.
He was Minister for Health between 1994 and 1997, and has also served as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.
Michael was a member of Limerick County Council from 1974-81 and 1991-94, and a member of the Mid-Western Health Board from 1991-94.
Some facts about Michael:
Michael has five adult children with his late wife Florence. He enjoys reading and swimming. He is a frequent visitor to Thomond Park for rugby matches and was a keen sportsman in his college days. Hurling was his preferred game and he played Dublin Championship and Dublin Senior League.