Born Cork January 1968. Educated Sacred Heart College, Carrignavar, Co. Cork. Public Representative and Farmer. First elected in 1997.
Office: 28a Ballyhooley Road, Dillon’s Cross, Cork.
Current Spokesperson on Health; Re-elected in the General Election of 2011; Former Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, with special responsibility for Trade and Commerce; Re-elected to Dáil Éireann May 2007. Appointed Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment June 2007; Member of Joint Committees on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Environment and Local Government: Tourism, Sport and Recreation; Appointed to the Senate 1993; Fianna Fáil Seanad spokesperson on Social Welfare 1993-97; Unsuccessful candidate in November 1994 bye-election; Contested 1992 General Election; Member IFA and GAA.