About Dara

A native of Ballina, I have been serving the people of Mayo in Leinster House as Teachta Dála since being elected at the 2007 General Election.

In April 2009 I was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with responsibility for Labour Affairs and in March 2010 I was appointed Minister of State at the Department of An Taoiseach and the Department of Finance with responsibility for Public Service Transformation.

Before this I was appointed Chairman of Ógra Fianna Fáil in February 2008 while I had the privilege of chairing one of the first ever Ógra cumann meetings in Northern Ireland at Queens University Belfast in 2007.

I was a member of the Fianna Fáil Ard Comhairle from 1997 to 2007 having topped the national poll in 2000 and I was also a member of the National Youth Committee (1994-96, 1998-2003, 2006-07) serving as Secretary on the Ard Comhairle Committee on Enterprise.

I also served on party policy committees on Agriculture and Youth Affairs.


I was re-elected to Dáil Éireann in February 2011 and 2016 serving as Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice, Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation and most recently Public Expenditure & Reform.

In March 2018 I was appointed Deputy Leader of the Party and Director of Policy Development.

Prior to being elected as a public representative I worked for eight years with the largest business organisation in the country, Chambers Ireland.

My father Seán was a TD for Mayo East from 1973 to 1992 and served as a Minister in three government departments during that time, while my grandfather Phelim was elected a member of the 14th Dáil for Mayo North at the 1952 by-election and served until retiring at the 1969 general election.

I was educated at St. Oliver Plunkett’s National School and St Muredach’s College, Ballina, Co Mayo and gained a BA (Business & Politics) from the University of Dublin (Trinity College).