Senator Deirdre CluneSeanad Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation

Senator Deirdre Clune is the Seanad Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation.

Former Lord Mayor of Cork, 2005-06, Deirdre Clune was previously elected to the 30th Dail on May 24, 2007. She was appointed Spokeserson for Innovation and Research, July, 2010.

She was also previously Deputy Spokesperson on Enterprise with Special Responsibility for Innovation.

Deirdre Clune was first elected to the Dáil in 1997 at her first attempt. She was the Fine Gael Spokesperson on Environmental Information and Protection, and Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands.

As an Alderman for the South East Ward, Fine Gael Deirdre topped the poll in the 2004 local elections with 2,307 votes. She served as TD for Cork South Central between 1997 and 2002

Deirdre's father, Peter Barry, was a Dáil Deputy for Cork constituencies between 1969 and 1997 and served as Tánaiste in 1987, Deputy Leader of Fine Gael between 1979 and 1987 and from 1989 to 1993. He was also a Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Environment, Transport & Power and Education.

Her Grandfather, Anthony Barry was a Dáil Deputy in the 1950's and early 1960s.

Deirdre became the third generation of her family to hold the mayoralty in Cork, following in the footsteps of her father, Peter who was Lord Mayor of Cork in 1970/71 and her late grandfather, Anthony who was Lord Mayor in 1960/61.


Trustev showcase the potential for Irish tech companies on world stage – Clune

Fine Gael Cork Senator and candidate for Ireland South, Deirdre Clune, has today (Monday) welcomed the news that Trustev, a Cork tech company that specialises in fraud prevention, has won the Enterprise and Big Data category in the South by Southwest (SXSW) Accelerator competition in Austin, Texas. The competition is one of the biggest tech start-up events in the world.

Clune welcomes creation of 150 new high quality jobs in Cork

Fine Gael Cork Senator and candidate for Ireland South, Deirdre Clune, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the creation of 150 new jobs in Cork by the tech company, VCE. The Research and Development (R&D) positions are being created at the firm’s international headquarters, with the support of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

App users must be vigilant about their personal data - Clune

Fine Gael Cork Senator, Deirdre Clune, has today (Wednesday) urged all phone app users to exercise vigilance with their own personal data when using so-called 'leaky apps' on their smart phones. Senator Clune was speaking after she raised the issue in the Seanad with the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter TD, who agreed that current data protection Directives need to be updated.

Clune accepts challenge of fighting to represent Ireland South in Europe

Fine Gael Cork Senator, Deirdre Clune, has said she is proud to accept the challenge of securing a second seat for Fine Gael in the Ireland South constituency.

Stop pester power by removing sweets from check outs – Clune

Fine Gael Cork Senator, Deirdre Clune, has today (Thursday) added her voice to the Safefood campaign to remove sugary treats from all supermarket checkouts in the country. CEOs of Aldi Ireland, Dunnes Stores, Lidl Ireland, Musgraves Group and Tesco Ireland have recently been approached by Safefood and asked to support the proposed ban.