Paul Kehoe, TD
Paul Kehoe TD served as Minister with Responsibility for Defence from May 2016 to June 2020. Paul previously served as the Government Chief Whip & Minister of State at the Departments of the Taoiseach & Defence. He has represented County Wexford as a TD since he was first elected to the Dáil in May 2002.
He was appointed Fine Gael Chief Whip in October 2004, a position he held in opposition until March 2011 when he was appointed Government Chief Whip by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD. In this role he has introduced a significant amount of Dáil Reform, which has enhanced the way the Oireachtas does its business, a huge increase in Dáil sitting days, the introduction of Friday sittings and Topical Issues Debates. The increase in Dáil sitting days has also resulted in the drafting, introduction and enacting of more legislation. He also overseen the reform of the Oireachtas Committee System which has increased their effectiveness.
Paul has combined his role as Government Chief Whip with the roles of Minister of State at the Department of An Taoiseach and Defence. In his role as Minister of State at the Department of Defence he has visited serving members of the Irish Defence Forces on duty in the Lebanon and the Golan Heights. He has also overseen the inspection of departing troops ahead of UN peace keeping missions, Cadet passing out ceremonies and the commissioning of the new naval vessel the L.E. Samuel Beckett.
Despite the demands of serving as a Cabinet Minister, Paul always works hard for his constituents in Wexford. He holds weekly advice clinics at his offices in Enniscorthy and New Ross, as well as in Gorey and Wexford Town.
He has been campaigning for the County’s interests at a national level for the 13 years he has been a TD. His priorities in opposition were securing a new A&E at Wexford General Hospital, new bypasses for Enniscorthy and New Ross and a flood relief scheme for Enniscorthy Town – funding has been secured for all of these projects by this Government. There has also been massive capital investment in schools across County Wexford including multi-million euro extensions for St Aidan’s NS in Enniscorthy and Colaiste Abbain in Adamstown.
In 2013 Minister Kehoe played a central role in the JFK50 celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of President John F Kennedy’s visit to his ancestral home in New Ross. As Chairperson of the Government Steering Group the Minister gave an oration in Arlington Cemetery in Washington and took a light from the eternal flame at JFK’s graveside which he carried back to a monument on the quay side in New Ross where the eternal flame was ignited by JFK’s daughter Caroline, his sister Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Paul lives in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford with his wife Brigid and their three children Sinead, Eoin and Emma. He has been a member of Fine Gael since his youth and has held several branch roles, including District Chairman and County Youth Officer. Paul has an interest in Rugby, GAA and horse racing. He has been a member of Enniscorthy Rugby Club and the local GAA club in Ballyhogue. Paul’s favourite film is Saving Private Ryan (filmed in County Wexford) and he enjoys reading political biographies.
News & Statements
Junior Cycle examiner shortage must be tackled to avoid future result delay – Kehoe
A shortage of Junior Cycle examiners must be tackled to ensure students are not left in the dark while waiting for a result date in the future, a Fine Gael TD has said.18th October 2022
Budget 2023 cuts the cost of education for families
Budget 2023 cuts the cost of education to help pupils, students, and their families, according to the Chair of the Oireachtas Education Committee, Paul Kehoe TD, and the Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Education, Senator Aisling Dolan.27th September 2022
Students urgently need a date for Leaving Cert results – Kehoe
The class of 2022 need to know the date for this year’s Leaving Cert results as soon as possible, a Fine Gael TD has said.24th May 2022
Changes to CAO website a game changer for students - Kehoe
The promotion of further education options and apprenticeships on the CAO website will be a game changer for school-leavers, a Fine Gael TD has said.5th November 2021
Online Safety Commissioner and updated Department action plan are vital measures in combatting bullying in schools – Kehoe
The appointment of an Online Safety Commissioner and an updated action plan on bullying in our primary and secondary schools are key measures in combatting the scourge of bullying and cyberbullying of young people, a Fine Gael TD has said.23rd August 2021
Sinn Féin must disassociate itself from commemoration glorifying IRA terrorism
Sinn Féin must distance itself from an online commemoration marking the death of an IRA bomber which is being organised by one of the party’s councillors, a Fine Gael TD has said.18th February 2021
Records of forgotten revolutionary uncovered - Minister Paul Kehoe
The records of forgotten revolutionary Comdt. Nicholas Newport have been unearthed in the Military Archives, as part of the preparations for the 1916 Centenary commemorations next year.22nd July 2015
Kehoe questions SIPTU stance on 9% VAT that has provided jobs and growth for Wexford
Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe TD has questioned the logic of SIPTU’s call this week to increase the 9% VAT rate for the tourism and hospitality sector as a new Fáilte Ireland report proves Government policy is providing jobs and growth for tourism in Co. Wexford.13th October 2014
Confusion surrounding E cigarettes needs to be addressed - Kehoe
Government Chief Whip and Minister of State, Paul Kehoe TD, has written to the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly TD, and the State's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan, asking them to clarify the legal status and health implications of electronic cigarettes.6th August 2013