Richard Bruton, TD
Richard Bruton is a TD for Dublin Bay North and is Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party. He was Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment from 11 October 2018 to 27 June 2020. He previously served as Minister of Education and Skills from May 2016 to October 2018.
In 2012 Richard launched our first annual Action Plan for Jobs. Hundreds of measures right across government have been delivered according to tight timetables. These actions have helped enterprise create sustainable jobs.
Since we launched our Action Plan for Jobs over 135,000 additional new jobs have been created. This success is putting lives back on track, is lifting communities and is providing the state with resources to start repairing some of the damage caused by the crash.
Richard was first elected to Dáil Éireann for Dublin North Central in 1982. He has served a number of terms as a member of Dublin City Council.
He previously served as Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation from 2011-2016.
Richard was Minister for Enterprise and Employment from 1994-1997 when 1,000 jobs a week were being created in Ireland.
He previously served as Minister of State at the Department of Industry and Commerce, 1986-87.
Richard worked as an economist before entering politics in the private sector and with the ESRI. He acted as Policy Director for Fine Gael and authored numerous policy papers on finance, education, employment, and the public service, including Fine Gael’s “Reinventing Government” to reform politics and reinvent the public service.
Richard is married to Susan Meehan and they have four children. In his spare time, Richard enjoys running, swimming, cycling, cooking and music. His signature dish is Chicken Balti. His favourite musician is Leonard Cohen.