Malcolm Byrne has been a Senator since April, 2020 and serves as Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.
From Gorey, Co. Wexford, he is a graduate in Law, Arbitration and Governance (UCD, QUB). He previously worked for Chambers Ireland, as the first Commercial Manager with my home.ie, as Chief Executive of Community Games, as Executive Director of Screen Producers Ireland and for twelve years as Head of Communications and Public Affairs with the Higher Education Authority.
A Councillor from 1999 to 2019, he also served as Chair of Wexford County Council. A former Vice-President of the National Youth Council of Ireland, Education Officer with the Union of Students in Ireland and Executive Member of the European Students’ Union, he was named in 2014 as one of the EU 40 Under 40 European Young Leaders.
He has a strong interest in issues relating to education, research, technology, the arts, foreign policy, youth participation, housing, planning and local government. He has completed 31 marathons.
Member, Oireachtas Committee on Tourism, Sport, Arts, Media & Culture. Member, Seanad Committee on Brexit. Co-convenor, US Ireland Parliamentary Friendship Group. Co-Chair, Irish Chapter, InterParliamentary Alliance on China.