Deirdre Clune, MEP
Deirdre Clune is a Member of the European Parliament for the constituency of Ireland South, having been elected in 2014. She is a full member of the Parliament’s Transport & Tourism committee, and a substitute on Employment & Social Affairs committee.
Deirdre graduated from University College Cork in 1980, with a B.E. in Civil Engineering. She completed a diploma in Management Engineering with Trinity College Dublin in 1983. She returned to UCC in 1996 to complete her HDip in Environmental Engineering. Deirdre went on to work with some of the leading engineering firms both here at home and overseas, including Delap & Waller, Roughton & Partners and Arup.
Deirdre is a former member of the Dail Eireann (1997-2002, 2007-2011) and Seanad Eireann (2011-2014). She was Lord Mayor of Cork City in 2005, in which time the City was designated as the European Capital of Culture.
During her time in Leinster House, Deirdre was Deputy Spokesperson on Enterprise with the Special Responsibility for Innovation. She was also the Fine Gael spokesperson on Environmental Information and Protection, and Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands.
Deirdre’s father, Peter Barry, was a Dáil Deputy for Cork constituencies between 1969 and 1997 and served as Tánaiste in 1987, Deputy Leader of Fine Gael between 1979 and 1987 and from 1989 to 1993. He was also a Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Environment, Transport & Power and Education.
Her Grandfather, Anthony Barry was a Dáil Deputy in the 1950’s and early 1960s.
Deirdre became the third generation of her family to hold the mayoralty in Cork, following in the footsteps of her father, Peter who was Lord Mayor of Cork in 1970/71 and her late grandfather, Anthony who was Lord Mayor in 1960/61.
News & Statements
Fine Gael backing business with Cork workshop - Clune
Fine Gael is continuing to prioritise business and enterprise and will host a workshop event in Cork next week, which will focus on how Government can continue to assist businesses to prosper around the country.24th March 2023
COVID-19 vaccine cert to boost tourism - Deirdre Clune MEP
Deirdre Clune MEP has backed today’s European Commission proposal for a COVID-19 vaccine certificate (Digital Green Certificate) as a positive boost for tourism, preparing the way for safer and easier freedom of movement in Europe.17th March 2021
Steady hands needed at the tiller as we enter choppy waters of Brexit – Clune
Steady hands are needed at the tiller as we enter the choppy waters of the next phase of Brexit negotiations, Fine Gael MEP candidate Deirdre Clune has warned.23rd May 2019
New survey shows 80% of Irish see the EU as a “good thing”- Clune
Same poll also showed that 55% of UK Citizens see EU membership as a good thing prompting Clune to ask whether the poll could be used as a basis for a new referendum on Brexit18th October 2017
Clune welcomes 13% reduction in Irish road deaths
Garda figures show that road deaths are down since 2016- but we still have a long way to go27th June 2017
Stream like home anywhere in the EU- Clune welcomes new Netflix rules
European Parliament gives its final approval to new rules around paying streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify, guaranteeing access to your domestic subscription in all EU member states18th May 2017
European Parliament joins calls for Volkswagen consumers to be compensated- Clune
Fine Gael Ireland South MEP and member of the European Parliament's Commission of Inquiry into the Volkswagen Emissions scandal, Deirdre Clune, has welcomed the Committee’s final report on the use of defeat devices which was adopted in the European Parliament, Strasbourg. The report called for compensation for European consumers, as well as highlighting the ways in which car testing and the supervisory process must be improved to prevent the use of defeat devices in the future.11th April 2017
Whether Britain stays or leaves David Cameron’s demands will have to be addressed - Clune
Fine Gael Ireland South MEP, Deirdre Clune, has said that whether Britain decides to stay or leave the EU, David Cameron’s reform demands will have to be addressed22nd June 2016
67 million unregistered firearms in the EU – Clune
Fine Gael Ireland South MEP, Deirdre Clune, has expressed her shock at estimates from the European Parliament research service showing that there may be as many as 67 million unregistered firearms in the EU.15th June 2016
Clune concerned that €16 airline surcharge will increase airfares and inconvenience consumers when booking flights
Ireland South Fine Gael MEP and member of the EU Tourism Taskforce, Deirdre Clune has expressed her concern on the impact on air travellers of a €16 surcharge on all Lufthansa flights purchased outside of their own website. The move will affect tickets bought for Lufthansa itself as well as other airlines in their control such as Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Swiss airlines.26th April 2016