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: Manufacturing Sector Creating Employment - Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation 16th October, 2014

manufacturing sector continues to create employment; the extent to which efforts continue to be made to ensure the retention of the maximum number of manufacturing jobs

Update: Skill Requirements in Jobs - Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation 16th October, 2014

monitored the skills requirements in respect of the various jobs created over the past three years with particular reference to planning for the future and ensuring an adequate skill requirement for the workplace

Update: Fundamental Issues Affecting Investment - Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation 16th October, 2014

identified major fundamental issues affecting investment and job creation which might need prioritisation to facilitate maximum economic benefit

Update: Attracting New Investment - Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation 16th October, 2014

economy continues to be competitive in terms of attraction of new investment and encouraging indigenous investment

Update: Innovation and Technology in Job Restoration - Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation 16th October, 2014

innovation and technology to feature in job restoration at various economic black spots throughout the country