LIMERICK City Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell has been appointed Minister of State for Housing, Local Government and Heritage at this afternoon’s cabinet meeting to allocate junior ministries.
He will be the third Limerick Minister of State in the current Government joining his Fine Gael colleague Patrick O’Donovan, who is Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins who is Minister of State for Skills and Further Education.
A nephew of the late Fine Gael Minister Tom O’Donnell, Kieran O’Donnell was elected as a TD in the 2020 general election, having served as a Senator in the 25th Seanad, where he was the Fine Gael Spokesperson on Finance.
He previously served as a TD, having been re-elected to the Dáil in February 2011, having first been elected in May 2007. He is currently Chairperson of the Oireachtas Transport and Communications committee and a member of the Budgetary Oversight Oireachtas Committee.
He was appointed Deputy Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Innovation in October 2010, having previously been a Spokesperson on Finance.
Limerick Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne said that Deputy O’Donnell’s appointment as Minister of State will be a great addition for Limerick and the Mid-West.
“I have worked with Kieran for a number of years, from canvassing to when we both served on our respective Councils in Limerick”, she told the Limerick Post.
“In more recent times we worked together in Seanad Eireann and were running mates in the 2020 General Election. Since then, as members of the Oireachtas, we have worked together for the betterment of Limerick.
“Kieran has given many years of dedicated service to the people of Limerick and this appointment is a fitting reward. I look forward to continuing to work with him for the benefit of Limerick and the wider Mid-West,” Senator Byrne added.