Dara Murphy

Dara Murphy

Murphy in 2015
Minister of State for European Affairs and Data Protection
Assumed office
July 2014
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by Paschal Donohoe
Lord Mayor of Cork
In office
Preceded by Brian Bermingham
Succeeded by Mick O'Connell
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2011
Constituency Cork North–Central
Cork City Councillor
In office
June 2004  February 2011
Constituency Cork North–East
Personal details
Born (1969-12-02) 2 December 1969
Glanmire, Cork, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Tanya Murphy
Children 3
Alma mater University College Cork

Dara Murphy (born 2 December 1969) is an Irish Fine Gael politician, who was elected as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork North–Central constituency at the 2011 general election.[2]

Early and personal life

Murphy is from Mayfield, Cork.[1] After attending Christian Brothers College,[1] he studied economics at University College Cork from 1988, but failed his final exams; he finally graduated in 2015 after completing the necessary modules remotely.[3] He started several catering businesses, the first while still in college; these prospered until the 2008 recession, when they folded leaving him with tax debts settled in subsequent years.[4]

Political career

Murphy was appointed to the National Economic and Social Council by the then Taoiseach John Bruton in October 1996, serving until the end of 1997.[5] He was elected to Cork City Council in 2004 and 2009, serving as Deputy Lord Mayor in 2005–06 and Lord Mayor in 2009–10.[6] He also served as the first Chair of the Cork Joint Policing Committee. In accordance with dual mandate restrictions, he vacated his council seat in 2011 after winning election to the Dáil .

On 15 July 2014, Murphy was appointed as Minister of State with responsibility for data protection and European Affairs and at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs and Trade respectively.[7]


  1. 1 2 3 "Meet your 76 new TDs". RTÉ.ie. 9 March 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  2. "Mr. Dara Murphy". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  3. English, Eoin (1 November 2015). "Minister Dara Murphy finishes UCC arts degree". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  4. Ryan, Philip Twitter (18 July 2014). "New junior minister was forced to pay €35,000 in tax bills to Revenue". Irish Independent. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  5. "Written Answers. - Ministerial Appointments.". Dáil Éireann debates. 22 January 1997. Vol.473 No.4 p.68 c.1099. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  6. "Dara Murphy". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  7. "Simon Harris among new Ministers of State". RTÉ News. 15 July 2014.
Preceded by
Bernard Allen
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Cork North–Central
Political offices
Preceded by
Paschal Donohoe
Minister of State for European Affairs and Data Protection
Civic offices
Preceded by
Brian Bermingham
Lord Mayor of Cork
Succeeded by
Mick O'Connell
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