Peter Mathews was elected to Dáil Éireann in the 2011 general election representing the Dublin South Constituency. He is a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform and the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Investigations, Petitions and Oversight.
Peter has lived in Mount Merrion for the past 15 years. He is married to Susan and they have four adult children. Peter is keenly interested in swimming, golf, tennis and rugby. He has completed two Dublin City Marathons and three 'Mara-cycles' from Dublin to Belfast and back. Peter's favourite music is Jazz and Blues. He sings in the Mount Merrion choir.
Peter was educated at Gonzaga College and UCD Dublin where he obtained a B. Comm. and Executive M.B.A. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in Audit, Taxation and Consultancy with Coopers and Lybrand (now PwC) Dublin in the 1970’s. In 1979 he joined ICC Bank in Dublin and managed the Enterprise Development, Hi Tech and FDI Lending Sections of the Bank. In 1985 he was appointed to develop and manage the Property Development, Construction and Investment Lending Section, a new specialist area of lending for the Bank. Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s the Property Section made a significantly solid contribution to the Bank’s overall lending activities. Peter provided carefully appraised Term Loan facilities and finance as well as Performance Bond underwriting facilities to hundreds of Builders, Developers and Property Investors in Ireland and the UK during the 1980’s and 1990’s.
He was commended by the Bank for outstanding work on a special assignment in the area of non-performing loans, loans work-outs, restructurings and recoveries achieving substantial write-backs to profit for ICC Bank plc during the1980’s. In 1999 he set up an independent Banking – Property and Finance – Consultancy practice in Dublin, consulting and brokering property related deals (mainly disposals in period post 2004), and advising in Zoning and Planning matters, for clients including a Public Body, property investors, family landowners, developers and construction groups. Post 2004, in an over-heated property market, he concentrated on advising and assisting clients to dispose of land and property.
Peter makes regular contributions in the Dáil on the banking and economic crisis. He frequently takes part in the public debate on these issues in the print and broadcast media.