Fergus O’Dowd, TD
Fergus O’Dowd is the Fine Gael spokesperson on Housing, Local Government and Heritage. He has represented the constituency of Louth as a TD since 2002 and is the Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. He is also 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.