Damien English, TD
Damien English TD served as Minister of State with responsibility for Employment Affairs and Retail Business and the Department Social Protection, from 2020 to 2023. He previously served as Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Development, from 2017 to 2020. He also served as Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal in May 2016. He is a member of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party representing the constituency of Meath West. Damien first stood for election in 1999 and was elected to Meath County Council for the Navan electoral area. In the 2002 general election, Damien was elected to the 29th Dáil as TD for the Meath constituency. At 24 years of age he was the youngest TD in the 29th Dáil.
Damien was elected secretary to the Fine Gael parliamentary party in 2002 and became the party deputy spokesperson on Arts, Sports and Tourism. In October 2004 he was appointed deputy spokesperson on Justice and Community Affairs with special responsibility for Drugs, Alcohol and Crime Prevention. From 2002-2007, Damien was a member of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly.
Following the General Election in 2007, Damien served as Fine Gael’s deputy spokesperson on Enterprise with special responsibility for Small Business and Labour Affairs from 2007 to 2010. From 2010 to 2011 he was party deputy spokesperson on Finance with special responsibility for Banking and Credit.
He also held the position of Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation. Previously he was Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee for Jobs, Social Protection & Education.
Damien has a Diploma in Management Accounting through the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) following his studies at Dublin Institute of Technology & Dublin Business School. Damien attended secondary school at St. Ciaran’s Community School, Kells and primary school at Bohermeen N.S.
Damien is married to Laura Kenny from Agher, Summerhill; together they have four children; Harvey, Karla, Andrea & Darcie.
News & Statements
Fine Gael is focused on reducing the cost of living and will not be distracted by Sinn Féin antics – English
Fine Gael is focused on reducing the cost of living and protecting people’s livelihoods, and we will not be distracted by the antics of Sinn Féin in the Dáil, a Fine Gael Minister has said.12th July 2022
Meath West TD Damien English welcomes Fine Gael family to Trim for this year’s party Think In
Fine Gael TD and Minister for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English, has today welcomed Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and his parliamentary party colleagues to Trim in County Meath for the Party ‘Think In’ ahead of the Dáil for the Autumn legislative programme.13th September 2021
Eligibility for the €60m Small Business Assistance Scheme extended!
Eligibility for the €60m Small Business Assistance Scheme was extended today for COVID (SBASC) to include businesses operating from a non-rateable premise like a home business or yard. The Micro Enterprise Assistance Scheme has also been re-launched so that our smallest businesses, those with a turnover of less than €50,000 can apply for a grant of €1000 to help with fixed costs.18th May 2021
Updated Protocol for Employers on Ventilation, Vaccinations & Antigen Testing Published
The updated Work Safely Protocol reflects the most up to date public health advice for the workplace. It sets out the range of measures required to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace, including information on how to approach the use of antigen testing.14th May 2021
Free admission to OPW visitor sites in our Counties as part of the support of Government’s recovery and reopening plan!
I’m delighted to see that charges to all fee-paying open OPW heritage sites are being waived in line with the Government’s recovery and reopening plan outlined in The Path Ahead.14th May 2021
New Competitive Start Fund could create the next start-up success story!
Up to 20 applicants will be awarded up to €50,000 investment!5th May 2021
Workplace Relations Commission publishes 2020 Annual Report
“The WRC faced challenges during 2020 that were unprecedented owing to the impact of Covid-19. However, it acted quickly to adapt its services and continue offering fairness and good work practices for employers and employees across the country.”26th April 2021
Post Brexit Online Shopping in Level 5
Now that we are Level 5 living with Covid, Local Online Shopping in Ireland has never been simpler than it is right now and given what has happened with Brexit, shopping locally online will create a lot less hassle AND will support your local economy.4th January 2021
15 Enterprise Ireland women-led start-ups get ready for investors and significant growth
Fifteen women entrepreneurs supported by the Competitive Start Fund (CSF) have commenced an online business accelerator programme delivered by Dublin Business Innovation Centre.22nd December 2020
Leader funding that supports private enterprises and community groups in rural areas given major boost
Damien English Meath West TD and Minister of state has said he is thrilled to see that details have just been announced of the Transitional LEADER Programme which will come into effect in April 2021.22nd December 2020
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