Neale Richmond, TD
Neale was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with special responsibility for Employment Affairs and Retail Business and the Department of Social Protection, in January 2023.
He was elected as a TD for Dublin Rathdown in the 2020 General Election. He was previously elected to Seanad Éireann in April 2016, on the Labour Panel, where he was the Fine Gael Spokesperson on European Affairs in the Seanad.
Prior to this Neale served for seven years on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. First elected to the Council in 2009, Neale was re-elected in 2014 on the first count.
Neale served for two years as a member of the EU’s Committee of the Regions currently including a stint as leader of the Irish delegation where he was Rapporteur on the Opinion on a more responsible trade and investment policy.
Born and raised in Ballinteer, Neale was educated at Wesley College before graduating from UCD with a BA in History and an MA in Politics, Neale then worked for Gay Mitchell in the European Parliament in Brussels and for Olivia Mitchell in Dáil Ėireann before working as a Projects Manager in the Not for Profit sector.
A keen sportsman, Neale is heavily involved in a number of local clubs and community groups; he is a playing member of Old Wesley RFC and has competed in a number of charity boxing matches.
News & Statements
Record low unemployment a testament to Fine Gael’s support for business – Richmond
With record low levels of unemployment, strong economic forecasts for 2023 and huge tax intakes, it is clear Fine Gael’s handling of the economy has set the country up to best meet the very real challenges facing us, Minister Neale Richmond has said.6th May 2023
Sinn Féin go into hiding on major financial mistakes – Richmond
Sinn Féin’s mismanagement of their party finances spreads over every major election for the last decade and an explanation is well overdue, Fine Gael Minister Neale Richmond has said.6th March 2023
7,870 new jobs created by LEOs in 2022 – Richmond
Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) created almost 8,000 jobs last year which is a testament to the important work they do to support businesses across Ireland, Minister for Employment Affairs and Retail Business, Neale Richmond has said.5th February 2023
Extension of older taxis licenses will keep more cabs on roads – Richmond
The National Transport Authority (NTA) has confirmed that no taxi driver will be forced out of the sector due to the age of their vehicle but there are still many lingering issues within the industry that need addressed, according to Fine Gael TD Neale Richmond.22nd November 2022
Desperate Russian sanctions prove Ireland is doing the right thing - Richmond
Russia’s sanctioning of 50 Irish officials including the Taoiseach proves that Ireland is doing the right thing by supporting Ukraine, according to a Government TD.16th November 2022
Mary Lou McDonald should give donation from gangland criminal to new community fund – Richmond, O’Dowd and Egan
Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald must hand over a €1,000 donation from disgraced criminal Jonathan Dowdall so it can be used to prevent crime in our communities, according to three Fine Gael public representatives.11th November 2022
Increased sentences for gangland thugs will keep our communities safe – Richmond
Increasing maximum sentences will send a clear message that we will not tolerate criminal gangs in our communities, a Fine Gael TD has said.16th October 2022
1,000 additional Gardaí in 2023 will help build stronger, safer communities – Richmond
The provision in Budget 2023 for 1,000 new Gardaí will allow for more high visibility policing and help us continue to build stronger, safer communities, according to a Fine Gael TD.27th September 2022
Don't leave Dublin behind - Richmond
A Fine Gael TD is calling on the Minister for Children to guarantee more services join the new funding model for childcare. Dublin Rathdown Deputy, Neale Richmond, has warned that Dublin cannot be left behind as figures show take up in the capital is behind the national average.18th September 2022
Truss must now seize chance to reframe EU-UK relationship – Richmond
With Liz Truss now confirmed as the United Kingdom’s next Prime Minister, the time has come to refocus and prioritise the EU-UK relationship, according to the Fine Gael spokesperson on European Union Affairs, Neale Richmond TD.5th September 2022