Bernard Durkan TD

Bernard J Durkan, originally from Killasser, Co Mayo, is a Fine Gael TD in the 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 Youth and Long Term Unemployment 16th April 2014

To ask the Minister for Social Protection the extent to which she continues to monitor the various measures taken to date to address long term and youth unemployment...

Social Housing Update 16th April 2014

To ask the Minister for Social Protection the extent to which she is aware of the situation affecting tenants on local authority housing lists ...

Price Fluctuations Housing Market - Finance - 12th March 2014

To ask the Minister for Finance the extent to which his Department is aware of increasing indications of inflation in the housing sector...

Unfinished Housing Estates Update - 12th March 2014

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the extent to which he has received applications in his Department for funding from Kildare County Council to complete development works in unfinished housing estates...

Shared Ownership Loans Update - 12th March 2014

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the extent to which it has been found possible to address the serious anomalies in respect of shared ownership housing loans which he inherited...