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.

Dublin City Council must take action to collect rent arrears - Byrne

Fine Gael TD for Dublin South Central, Catherine Byrne, has called on Dublin City Council to take firm and urgent action to collect significant rent arrears owed by some of their tenants.

Dublin allocated almost €4m in funding to turn vacant units into homes – Byrne

Fine Gael Dublin South Central TD, Catherine Byrne, has today (Tuesday) said that Dublin City Council is to be allocated almost €4 million in Government funding to turn 236 vacant units across the city into homes. The Minister for Housing, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has announced that €15 million has been allocated nationally to bring 1,008 vacant local authority units into use.

NERA must report on dispute at Greyhound- Byrne

Fine Gael TD for Dublin South Central, Catherine Byrne has today (Thursday) called on the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) to report on the escalating dispute at the Greyhound Recycling Centre in Clondalkin, where workers are reportedly locked out.

Byrne welcomes assurances that there will be no changes the free travel scheme

Fine Gael Dublin South Central TD, Catherine Byrne, has welcomed assurances from Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD, that the Government has no plans to change the free travel scheme for older people.

Enforcement will be essential for sunbed ban to work – Byrne

Fine Gael Dublin South Central TD, Catherine Byrne, has said that strict enforcement will be essential if the new ban on sunbed use for under 18s is to be a success. Deputy Byrne has strongly welcomed the ban, which she said would help protect teenagers from the dangers of tanning radiation.