Aged 38, Damien English T.D. is the new Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal since Thursday 19th May 2016.
He works closely with his Fine Gael colleague Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney T.D. in providing political leadership on improving the supply of quality affordable homes for families, ending the homelessness crisis and regenerating communities.
He was previously Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation from 2014 to 2016, working across the key Government Departments of Education and Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation.
Damien was first elected to Dáil Éireann for Co. Meath in 2002, becoming its youngest member, and again for Meath West in 2007 and 2011. He was a member of Meath County Council from 1999 to 2004.
An experienced member of Dáil Éireann, he is a former Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and its predecessor the Oireachtas Committee for Jobs, Social Protection and Education.
He was Fine Gael Spokesman for Small Business and Labour Affairs 2007-2010 and Deputy Finance Spokesman 2010 to 2011. Other Oireachtas Committee memberships have included Finance, European Scrutiny and the British Irish Inter Parliamentary Body. He was Secretary of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party 2002 to 2007.
Damien has a Diploma in Management Accounting through the Certified Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) following his studies at Dublin Institute of Technology & Dublin Business School.
He attended secondary school at St. Ciaran’s Community School, Kells and primary school at Bohermeen N.S.
A son of Catherine and Eugene English, Castlemartin, Bohermeen, Navan, he married Laura Kenny from Agher, Summerhill in 2007. They have one son Harvey, and three daughters, Karla and twins Andrea and Darcie.
Damien enjoys running and has completed many marathons.