Bernard Durkan TD

Bernard J Durkan, originally from Killasser, Co Mayo, is a Fine Gael TD for Kildare North. His political career commenced in 1981 when he was elected to Dáil Éireann for the Kildare Constituency. Despite briefly losing his seat in February 1982 when Fine Gael was defeated, he quickly regained it in November of that same year. A notable achievement of Bernard’s career is that he has been re-elected in every subsequent election to date.

Bernard’s time as a TD has seen him serving as Minister of State for Social Welfare from 1994-1997. He has also been involved in various different Committees and Boards. He previously acted as Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee of European Affairs and Chairman of Kildare County Council. He was also a member of the Public Accounts Committee, the Eastern Health Board, and has previously served as Fine Gael Chief Whip. Currently, Bernard serves as Vice Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas on Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and is a member of the Joint Committee on European Affairs.

During his time in office, Bernard has been a Fine Gael Front Bench spokesperson on a wide range of topics including Health, Food, Trade and Industry, Insurance, Overseas Development Aid and Human rights, and Communications and Natural resources.

Alternative space must be found for Naas A&E patients - Durkan

Following a visit today to the A&E in Naas General Hospital, Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Bernard Durkan, has emphasised the seriousness of the situation and said that alternative space must be found for A&E patients.

Update: M50 and Traffic Congestion - Transport, Tourism and Sport 4th December, 2014

national road network with particular reference to identifying areas such as the M50 or other similar routes that are currently experiencing traffic congestion

Update: Maynooth Post Primary School Placements - Education 4th December, 2014

attention has been drawn to the concerns and frustrations of parents of children in Maynooth, County Kildare whose children find themselves unable to obtain a place if Maynooth post primary school notwithstanding protracted deliberation surrounding the setting up of two separate schools

Update: Most Commonly Raised Issues Affecting Education - Education and Science 27th November, 2014

commonly raised issues affecting education in the classroom as set out in submissions from the various school authorities such as over-crowding, special needs requirments, pupil-teacher ratios, class size and lack of adequate accomodation and teaching

Update: Skill Requiremnets of the Workplace - Education and Science 27th November, 2014

remains satisfied that the skills requirement of the workplace continues to be met by education; her further proposals in this regard