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Patrick O’Donovan, TD

Constituency: Limerick County

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

Patrick O’Donovan, TD

Patrick O’Donovan is the Minister of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science having been appointed in April 2024.  Patrick previously served as Minister of State with responsibility for Office of Public Works and the Gaeltacht until April 2024 and 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, from June 2017 until June 2020 and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport. in 2016-17.  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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St. Mary's Road
Newcastle West
Co. Limerick