Ministers of State in the Department of Health
Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities
The Minister is accountable for developing and articulating Government policy on improving the lives of people with disabilities and their carers through three Government Departments; Health, Social Protection and Justice & Equality. The Minister will also be focusing on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as their Equality of Opportunity, Access to Early Childhood Care and Educational needs.
Finian has no political party affiliation and was elected to Dublin City Council in 1999. He was first elected to Dáil Eireann as an Independent in 2002 and was subsequently re-elected in 2007, 2011 and again in 2016 representing Dublin Bay North. In May 2016, Finian entered into a Partnership Government with an agreed programme, including major Health and Disability Reforms, as part of an Independent Alliance.
Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy
Catherine Byrne TD was appointed Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy in May 2016. Catherine was first elected to Dublin City Council in 1999 and was Lord Mayor of Dublin from 2005 to 2006. She was first elected to the 30th Dáil on May 24th 2007, representing the constituency of Dublin South Central. She was re-elected to the 31st Dail on 27th February 2011. Catherine was a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Health, Education and Social Protection during previous Dáil terms.
Minister of State for Health Promotion
Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD was appointed Minister of State for Health Promotion in May 2016. She was first elected to Dáil Éireann in the 2011 General Election and was appointed by an Taoiseach as Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on July 22, 2014, having previously served on the Oireachtas Committees on Justice, Equality and Defence and the Environment. Marcella is also a former member of Offaly County Council, serving from 1999- 2009.
Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People
Helen McEntee TD was elected to Dáil Éireann in a By-Election in March 2013, and re-elected in the February 2016 General Election. Deputy McEntee was appointed by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. to be Minister for Mental Health and Older People at the Department of Health in May 2016 as part of the new Partnership Government.
She previously served on the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications, and was also a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht.