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.

Update: Prices Paid to Beef Producers - Agriculture, Food and the Marine 12th November, 2014

measures necessary to improve the prices paid to beef producers here with particular reference to bringing the prices paid to producers here into line with those in adjoining jurisdictions

Update: 1916 Local Memorials - Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

funding will be available for the provision of 1916 memorials in local communities;

Update: Farming Families and Budget 2015 - Agriculture, Food and the Marine 13th November, 2014

members of the farming community who are concerned that the incentive to hand over land to younger farmers provided for in budget 2015 discriminates family members

Update: EU Peacekeeping - Defence 13th November, 2014

intended to participate with other European countries engaged in peace-keeping/peace enforcement throughout the EU and/or environs

Update: Air Corps and Naval Services Resources - Defence 13th November, 2014

ensure that resources available to the Air Corps and Naval Services continue to be adequate to meet the demand with particular reference to surveillance and search and rescue