Catherine Byrne

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Catherine Byrne
File:Catherine Byrne 2015.jpg
Byrne in 2015
Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Stategy
Assumed office
19 May 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by Aodhán Ó Ríordáin
Deputy Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party
Assumed office
June 2014
Leader Enda Kenny
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
May 2007
Constituency Dublin South-Central
Personal details
Born (1956-02-26) 26 February 1956 (age 62)
Bluebell, Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Joe Byrne
Children 5

Catherine Byrne (born 26 February 1956) is an Irish Fine Gael politician. She has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South-Central constituency since 2007.[1]

Political career

Byrne stood unsuccessfully as a candidate at the 2002 general election, she was elected on her next attempt at the 2007 general election. She was a member of Dublin City Council for the South West Inner City electoral area and served for a term as Lord Mayor in 2005.[2]

She was party deputy spokesperson on Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs with special responsibility for National Drugs Strategy from 2007–2010. From July 2010 to March 2011, she was party spokesperson on Older Citizens.[3]

She has been Vice-Chair of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party since June 2014.[4]

Personal life

Byrne was leader of St. Michael's Folk/Gospel Group for 15 years and has completed a two-year Lay Ministry Course in All Hallows College, and also holds a Diploma in Catering.[5] In 2006 she was granted a coat of arms by the Chief Herald of Ireland.[6]


  1. "Ms. Catherine Byrne". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 4 January 2008. 
  2. "Catherine Byrne". Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  3. "Bruton & Noonan return to Fine Gael frontbench". RTÉ News. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  4. We won't form government at any cost - Fine Gael
  5. "Catherine Byrne TD". Fine Gael website. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  6. "Grant of Arms: Catherine Byrne". National Library of Ireland. 10 November 2006. 

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Michael Conaghan
Lord Mayor of Dublin
Succeeded by
Vincent Jackson
Preceded by
Gay Mitchell
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Dublin South-Central