Michael is currently a TD for Cork South Central and is the Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Finance.
Michael grew up in the harbour town of Passage West, Cork. Before entering national politics, Michael served as a member of Passage West Town Council and Cork County Council (Carrigaline electoral area). He was elected to Dáil Éireann at the first attempt in 2007 and has been re-elected in every election since.
Michael secured a first class honours Commerce degree in UCC and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Cork City. Before going into politics full time, Michael held senior positions in both the private and public sector. Michael has served on a number of Oireachtas committees including the Finance Committee, the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry and the Public Accounts Committee.
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