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
Micheál Martin cosying up to Sinn Féin in search of electoral gain – O’Dowd
Micheál Martin and the Fianna Fáil party are cosying up to Sinn Féin in search of an electoral bounce in the Local and European elections, and may be laying the ground for a future coalition on the national stage, a Fine Gael TD has warned.
700 days without representation in North during Brexit – O’Dowd
Tomorrow (Monday) marks 700 days since Stormont fell, leaving the Northern electorate without political representation at a critical time, a Fine Gael TD has said.
Information Commissioner’s decision vindicates demand for greater transparency and accountability from HIQA- O’Dowd
The Information Commissioner has annulled HIQA’s decision to deny a Fine Gael TD information on how it dealt with nursing home complaints.