Fergus O’Dowd is a TD in the 32nd Dáil 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.
Fergus represents the constituency of Louth.
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
More hot air from Fianna Fáil on housing with their latest nonsensical proposal - O’Dowd
• Bill would mean that Local Authorities would be free to remove social housing requirement from build-to-rent developments • Darragh O’Brien’s Private Members Bill the latest FF housing initiative that doesn’t pass basic scrutiny • Fine Gael calls on other Dáil parties not to back this poorly thought out Bill
FF continue to dodge questions on their lack of housing policy – O’Dowd
Fianna Fáil’s policy on housing is to simply talk about producing one but failing to ever do so, a Fine Gael TD has said.
Gardaí need the continuing support of local community to combat Drogheda feud - O’Dowd
Gardaí in Louth are working tirelessly in difficult circumstances and will need the continuing support of the local community to combat Drogheda’s criminality, a Fine Gael TD has said.