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: Dealing with the Housing Crisis, 31st July 2015

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the extent to which he remains satisfied regarding the ability of steps taken to date by his Department to deal with the ongoing issue of the housing crisis...

Update: Initiatives in relation to Local Authority Housing, 31st July 2015

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the extent to which he has engaged directly with the various local authorities with a view to identifying the extent to which the various initiatives taken by Government are in the course of implementation...

Update: Kerdiffstown Dump, 31st July 2015

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding the completion of the remediation works at the Kerdiffstown Dump...

Update: Housing Applicants in Co. Kildare, 31st July 2015

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of housing units offered to local authority housing applicants in County Kildare ...

Update: Waste Management, 31st July 2015

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the extent to which the various forms of waste management are currently being used...