Helen McEntee, TD
Helen McEntee TD was appointed the Minister for Justice on 27 June, 2020. She was previously Minister for European Affairs from 20 June, 2017 to 27 June, 2020, and Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People from 19 May, 2016 to 20 June, 2017. She was elected to Dáil Éireann in March 2013. Deputy McEntee was appointed by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications. She is also a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht.
Ireland is the EU’s most youthful country, with over 40% of the population aged under 30. Helen always speaks up in Dáil debates for her generation, whom she says ‘have borne the brunt of a recession that we did not cause’.
Helen’s legislative achievements since becoming a TD two years ago include the Pyrite Resolution Act, which provides a €10m fund for correction works on homes in the Meath-Kildare-Dublin region that are affected by pyrite. Deputy McEntee also contributed amendments to the Road Traffic Act 2014, to support younger drivers and promote road safety.
Deputy McEntee is a strong advocate for improved roads and telecommunications infrastructure, including for Meath and the North East. She works closely with farmers and food producers, and is an Ambassador of the annual Taste of Meath Festival. Deputy McEntee is also a strong advocate for children with special needs and for improved local health services.
In 2007 Helen graduated from DCU with a B.A (Hons) degree in Law, Politics and Economics. She holds a Masters degree in Communications and Journalism. Helen attended Heronstown National School in Lobinstown, Co Meath, and St Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School in Navan.
Before becoming a public representative Helen worked in the Department of Agriculture and previously for a subsidiary of Citibank.
She enjoyed participating in Slane Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 and Castletown & Syddan Strictly Come Dancing in 2014.