Fergus has represented the constituency of Louth as a TD since 2002 and is a member of a number of Oireachtas Committees, including: Housing, Planning, Community, and Local Government; Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands; and Housing and Homelessness. Fergus is formerly the Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and Environment, Community & Local Govt, with responsibility for the NewEra Project.
He has held a number of senior positions on the Fine Gael Frontbench and is a former Senator and Mayor of Drogheda.
He was named Magill Magazine TD of the Year in 2006 for putting Irish Nursing Home Care in the spotlight long before it gained popular support. Fergus is married to Agnes and has three grown up children. He is the founding chairman of the Droichead Arts Centre in Drogheda. He likes swimming and reading, in particular books about French History. His favourite author is Ernest Hemingway, and his favourite book is ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’. He has a keen interest in the Irish language, and regularly spends time in Gaeltacht regions, especially in West Kerry.
News & Statements
We must redouble our efforts to tackle COVID-19 – O’Dowd
Fine Gael TD, Fergus O’Dowd, has called on local communities to rally together by staying apart in order to combat the Covid-19 virus in Louth and East Meath.
Covid-19 highlights importance of the digital skills grant scheme for older people – O’Dowd
Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd has called on funding to be ringfenced to provide older citizens with digital skills training which has proven so important during Covid-19.
O’Dowd welcomes extension to annual TaxSaver ticket by the NTA
Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd has welcomed an extension to annual TaxSaver tickets by a period of six months for commuters affected by Covid-19.