Aged 31, Helen McEntee T.D. (Fine Gael) was elected to Dáil Éireann in a By-Election in March 2013, and re-elected in the Februray 2016 General Election.
In June 2017, as part of a Government reshuffle by newly appointed Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D., Minister McEntee was promoted to the position of Minister of State for EU Affairs.
Previously, Minister McEntee was appointed by then 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.
Helen’s legislative achievements since becoming a T.D. in 2013 include the Pyrite Resolution Act, which provides a €10m fund for correction works on homes in the Meath-Kildare-Dublin region that are affected by pyrite. She also contributed amendments to the Road Traffic Act 2014, to support younger drivers and promote road safety.
Minister McEntee is a strong advocate for improved roads and telecommunications infrastructure, including for Meath and the North East. She works closely with farmers and food producers, and is an Ambassador of the annual Taste of Meath Festival. Minister McEntee is also a strong advocate for children with special needs and for improved local health services.
In 2007 Helen graduated from DCU with a B.A (Hons) degree in Law, Politics and Economics. She holds a Masters degree in Communications and Journalism. Helen attended Heronstown National School in Lobinstown, Co Meath, and St Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School in Navan.
Before becoming a public representative Helen worked in the Department of Agriculture and previously for a subsidiary of Citibank.
She enjoyed participating in Slane Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 and Castletown & Syddan Strictly Come Dancing in 2014.