Patrick Donovan TD is Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment. He previously served as Minister of State for Tourism and Sport. He was first elected to the Dáil in February 2011.
Patrick was first elected to Limerick County Council in June 2004, topping the poll at the age of 27 with 1,485 first preference votes while also working as an industrial chemist. In a short time on the council, Patrick’s reputation as a fighter for issues earned him the honour of being elected the youngest Fine Gael Group Leader in Ireland by his fellow party members. His work was also recognised by his constituents who re-elected him with 2,254 votes in 2009. During this time he had also taken on the task of going back to college and becoming a primary school teacher. Patrick has held a number of positions during his time on the council as well as maintaining an active involvement with a number of charitable, cultural and sporting organisations.
Patrick was selected by An Taoiseach to be a member of the Committee on the Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht as well as being named on internal Fine Gael Committees on Education, Environment and Foreign Affairs. He is also a member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly.
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2016 Record Breaking Year for Tourism
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, today welcomed the publication of official data on overseas travel for 2016 from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), which showed an increase of 10.9% in overseas visits to Ireland for 2016 compared to 2015. There was a record breaking total of 9,584,400 visits to Ireland in 2016.