Catherine Byrne TD

Catherine Byrne TD was re-elected to the 31st Dail on 27th February 2011.

She was Front Bench Spokesperson for Older Citizens, from July 2010 to February 2011.

Catherine Byrne was elected to the 30th Dáil on May 24th 2007, to represent the constituency of Dublin South Central. She was previously Spokesperson on the National Drug Strategy. She was also appointed a member of the Dáil Select Committee for Social and Family Affairs.

Born in Bluebell and reared in Inchicore, she lives on Bulfin Road with her husband Joe, and their five children.

She was Lord Mayor of Dublin from 2005-2006, and her priorites during this year included continuing to support the various regeneration projects across the city, childcare issues within communities, supporting community projects, and civic leadership schemes, especially among young people.

Catherine was elected to Dublin City Council for the South West Inner City Ward on her first attempt in 1999.

In the same year, she was Fine Gael's candidate for Dublin South Central in a By-Election.

She topped the poll for Fine Gael in the Local Elections of 2004.

Catherine has been heavily involved with community and voluntary groups in the South West Inner City for over 25 years and was Chairperson of St. Michael's Community Centre.

Catherine was a member of the Board of Management of the Mercy Convent Secondary School, Goldenbridge.

She has completed a Two Year Lay Ministry Course in All Hallows and also has a City and Guilds Diploma in Catering.

She has served on various Council committees including the Housing and Community Strategic Policy Committees, Arts, Culture, Leisure and Youth Affairs Strategic Policy Committees, Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly, Dublin Regional Authority, Inchicore/Bluebell Garda Police Forum, St. Michael's Estate Regeneration Board, as well as Fatima Mansions Regeneration Board.

Down through the years, Catherine has been closely involved with providing social activities for teenagers, supporting senior citizens and fundraising for local community projects.

A wonderful singer, Catherine was leader of St. Michael's Folk/Gospel Group for 15 years.

Catherine is an avid sports fan and has played ladies soccer at the highest level. She supports her local League of Ireland club, St. Patrick's Athletic and Leeds United and has previously managed schoolboy soccer teams in her locality.

Clinic Times

11 am: Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre
12.15pm: Dublin City Council Area Office, St Agnes’ Rd, Crumlin Village
5pm: Donore Avenue Community Centre, off SCRd, The Tenters
7pm: Constituency Office, 5A Tyrconnell Rd, Inchicore

130 new jobs a great vote of confidence in Kilmainham- Byrne

“130 new jobs have been announced for Kilmainham in what is a great vote of confidence in the local economy”, says Fine Gael TD for Dublin South Central, Catherine Byrne.

Fine Gael wants to make work pay with increase in minimum wage - Byrne

Fine Gael Dublin South Central, TD Catherine Byrne, has said that the proposed rise in the minimum wage will help remove welfare traps and is in line with Fine Gael’s plans to make work pay more than welfare. Deputy Byrne was speaking after the launch of the Low Pay Commission report which recommends increasing the minimum wage to €9.15 per hour.

Byrne discusses potential improvements to Home Help service with Minister for Health

Fine Gael TD for Dublin South Central, Catherine Byrne, yesterday raised the issue of home help service provision with the Minister for Health, Dr Leo Varadkar.

Kilmainham Courthouse visitor project to feature on new Dublin Discovery Trails - Byrne

Fine Gael Dublin South Central TD, Catherine Byrne, has said that there has been great progress on the Kilmainham courthouse project which is set to feature prominently in a new tourist initiative called Dublin Discovery Trails, launched today by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD. The themed trails will link to the Dubline, the tourist trail which runs from Kilmainham Gaol, via Trinity College, to Parnell Square which was developed by Fáilte Ireland and Dublin City Council.

Work is the best way out of poverty- Byrne

Fine Gael Dublin South Central, TD Catherine Byrne, has said that work is the best way out of welfare and that while the ESRI report published today (Tuesday) confirms this, it also highlights that we must do more to incentivise and support parents to work.